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  • On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt | Richard Carrier

    On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt

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    The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical, and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus. Historian and philosopher Richard Carrier reexamines the whole question and finds compelling reasons to suspect the more daring assumption is correct.

    E. Moore says: "Very detailed analysis with a clear conclusion"
  • Science Education in the Early Roman Empire | Richard Carrier

    Science Education in the Early Roman Empire

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    Throughout the Roman Empire cities held public speeches and lectures, had libraries, and teachers and professors in the sciences and the humanities, some subsidized by the state. There even existed something equivalent to universities, and medical and engineering schools. What were they like? What did they teach? Who got to attend them? In the first treatment of this subject ever published, Dr. Richard Carrier answers all these questions and more.

  • Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith | Richard Carrier

    Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith

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    Dr. Richard Carrier, world-renowned philosopher and historian, explains the four reasons he does not accept the Christian religion, describing four facts of the world that, had they been different, he would believe. Those four reasons are God's silence, God's inaction, the lack of evidence, and the way the universe looks exactly like a godless universe would, and not at all like a Christian universe would, even down to its very structure. Dr. Carrier addresses all the usual replies to these claims.

    Glorianne says: "Logical, clear analysis"
  • Not the Impossible Faith | Richard Carrier

    Not the Impossible Faith

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    Written with occasional humor and an easy style, and thoroughly referenced, with many entertaining "gotcha!" moments, Not the Impossible Faith is a must-listen for anyone interested in the origins of Christianity. Richard Carrier, PhD, is an expert in the history of the ancient world and a critic of Christian attempts to distort history in defense of their faith.

    Nathanael says: "Excellent critique"
  • Hitler Homer Bible Christ: The Historical Papers of Richard Carrier 1995-2013 | Richard Carrier

    Hitler Homer Bible Christ: The Historical Papers of Richard Carrier 1995-2013

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    Richard Carrier, Ph.D., philosopher, historian, blogger, has published a number of papers in the field of ancient history and biblical studies. He has also written several books and chapters on diverse subjects, and has been blogging and speaking since 2006. He is known the world over for all the above. But here, together for the first time, are all of Dr. Carrier's peer reviewed academic journal articles in history through the year 2013, collected with his best magazine articles, research papers, and blog posts on the same subjects.

    Matthew says: "As advertised..."
  • Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus | Richard Carrier

    Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus

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    This in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole proposes Bayes's Theorem, which deals with probabilities under conditions of uncertainty, as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria. The author demonstrates that valid historical methods - not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study - can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes's Theorem. Conversely, he argues that any method that cannot be reduced to this theorem is invalid and should be abandoned.

    carl801 says: "No leap of faith required"
  • Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism | Richard Carrier

    Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism

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    If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what's true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness Without God answers these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. Arguing that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, noted historian and philosopher Richard Carrier presents and defends a complete worldview, one in which we can live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

    Gary says: "Alone again, Naturally"
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