Richard Carrier https://www.richardcarrier.info Announcing appearances, publications, and analysis of questions historical, philosophical, and political by author, philosopher, and historian Richard Carrier. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:03:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 113344482 C.H.R.E.S.T.U.S. for Christmas! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13632 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13632#comments Mon, 25 Dec 2017 18:48:55 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13632 Did the Reason for the Season even exist? Dive into that question with a new mobile app! Reality Revolutions conceived an idea for a mobile application that would assist in quickly investigating every argument for and against the historical existence of Jesus. They then collaborated with me in developing its structure and content. The purpose?...

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Join Me at a Pubmeet in Cincinnati Next Month! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13629 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13629#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 19:18:23 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13629 I’ll be hanging out and chatting and drinking with anyone who wants to join me at Arnold’s Bar & Grill (210 East 8th St., Cincinnati, OH) from 6-9pm on Saturday January 6 (2018). And I may stay longer. If enough people show, we may relocate to Nicholson’s about five blocks away (625 Walnut Street, Cincinnati,...

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New Online Course! Ancient Science & Its Relevance to the History of Freethought https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13616 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13616#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:29:23 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13616 Join my brand new class online! You’ll learn all sorts of valuable facts about ancient science and technology, especially the difference between pagan and Christian scientific values and accomplishments, and how the pagans, not Christians, set the groundwork for modern science and the modern freethought movement, and why they achieved so much more than the...

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On the Historicity of Jesus: The Daniel Gullotta Review https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13573 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13573#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:54:25 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13573 Two academic reviews of On the Historicity of Jesus now exist: one positive by Raphael Lataster published in the Journal of Religious History (38.4, 2014, pp. 614-16); and one negative by Daniel Gullotta published in the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (15.2-3, 2017, pp. 310-46). I’ve already discussed the Lataster review. Here...

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Check Out My New Amazon Store! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13566 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13566#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:52:08 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13566 Amazon eliminated its astore feature. But I’m still an Amazon Associate. So here I am, recommending a whole slew of books for commissions on the sale if I can tempt you to buy any! I’ve built my own stores. Smaller. A lot fewer books listed. But the core essentials are there. Of course, I’m selling...

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My Debate with Ray Comfort: Can Moral Facts Exist without a God? https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13558 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13558#comments Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:49:58 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13558 Last Saturday, I was recruited to live-debate Ray Comfort on Facebook. That’s right. The banana man himself. Warlock to Kirk Cameron’s imp. Mr. “Everyone Is an Adulterer” (including Mother Theresa and that unborn fetus over there). Topic? “Can there be true moral standards without God?” It was a typed thread, timed to one hour. I’ve...

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The Difference Between a Historian and an Apologist https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13541 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13541#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:36:04 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13541 Larry Hurtado’s latest foot-in-mouth affords a good opportunity to explain what the difference is between an apologist and a historian. Not in respect to their goals (apologists need to defend a position even when it’s false or indefensible; historians only want to know what’s true), which everyone already knows, but in respect to their methods....

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The Bizarre Fugue of Larry Hurtado https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13512 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13512#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:51:55 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13512 Biblical historian Larry Hurtado went on a rant against mythicism recently. In which, once again, like nearly every other expert has done, all he does he give excuses for not reading the peer reviewed literature of his own field and (as one could then have predicted) makes arguments already refuted in that literature. In the...

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Was Roman Science in Decline? (Excerpt from My New Book) https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13477 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13477#comments Mon, 27 Nov 2017 23:19:50 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13477 My new book The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire will be in print in just a few days! You can already pre-order it in print or kindle. But in celebration and promotion, I’m here producing an excerpt from it. You can read a bit more about the book at Pitchstone. Next week I begin...

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For the Existence of Jesus, Is the Principle of Contamination Invalid? Cavin & Colombetti vs. Law https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13461 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/13461#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:19:20 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=13461 A while back, Heythrop College professor of philosophy Stephen Law published a peer reviewed paper establishing that the Gospels actually undermine confidence in the historicity of Jesus owing to their inordinately fabulous nature (“Evidence, Miracles, and the Existence of Jesus,” Faith and Philosophy 28.2, April 2011: 129-51). He develops there what he calls the Principle...

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