Richard Carrier

The Guardian on Jesus: Dear oh dear…

Everyone keeps asking about The Guardian article “What Is the Historical Evidence that Jesus Christ Lived and Died?” by Simon Gathercole, a “Reader in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge.” Poor dear. Look. Let’s stop producing these terrible, amateur, uninformed articles about Jesus. Please. Desperately, dearly, please. Gathercole clearly hasn’t done any research…

Hang Out with Me in Memphis!

I’ll be hanging out, drinking and chatting with anyone who wants to come join me, Friday May 19, from 7pm to 10pm, at The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (130 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN). Unless they haven’t reopened by then (they are closed for renovations right now but expect to be open in May) or are…

How to Build a Sound Philosophy of Life: Course Begins May 1!

Join in! And let anyone else know who might be interested: I’ll be teaching the basics of naturalism as a worldview, and how to build your own worldview, your own philosophy of life, from valid logic and sound facts, this May (2017). This fits right in with my talk the night before the Michigan Atheists…

The Case for Christ: The Movie!

So I went and saw it. Here’s a review. Read on, and enjoy your Easter week pondering the aesthetic merits of a film embedded with religious propaganda. I’ll remark on both, but my focus will be on the propaganda, and what this film tells us about how Christians think. And why how they think, is…

I’m Looking for a Translator of Medieval Arabic

I am looking for someone who is facile at translating Medieval Arabic scientific treatises (in physics, mechanics, or engineering especially). For future research (and possibly my next book), I need a literal translation of two pages of the surviving Arabic translation of Hero of Alexandria’s Mechanics (posted here). And I need to be able to…

Epilogue to the Sam Harris Moral Facts Contest

A few years ago, Sam Harris put on a contest, that awarded $2000 to the best essay critiquing his “moral landscape” theory of moral facts—and could have awarded them $20,000 had it convinced him. It didn’t. I agree it shouldn’t have. But he should have learned something from that critique. And he didn’t learn anything….

Fishers of Evidence Gets Confused about Math

Someone asked me about a confusing critique of the math in On the Historicity of Jesus by a YouTuber who goes by the moniker Fishers of Evidence. I don’t know his alignment in the debate. But he has posted a short eight minute video entitled The Error of Richard Carrier. And this is a good…

Update: I’ll Be Speaking in Michigan in April

Susan Jacoby was originally slated to speak at the Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism the evening before the Michigan Atheists Conference this year. But alas, she had to reschedule to speak the Friday before that (the 21st of April, 2017). I’ve been asked to replace her on April the 28th. So I’ll be speaking…