It appears that Carrier has posted an hour-long seminar that he gave summarizing his work in the book that I just summarized myself. This talk was, I believe, being given to his funders. I still think that my summary is likely to be useful, because I wasn’t constrained by time the same way he was, and thus I was able to more comprehensively address the arguments and counterarguments. Still, for anyone that is intimidated by the length of my posts, I highly recommend this seminar.
I have completed my project of summarizing and reorganizing Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. I very much hope that some of you find it useful or interesting. Any of you that do, I hope that you will purchase the book to explore the arguments and evidence in greater detail.
If any of the arguments that I outline aren’t clear, please let me know in the comments and I will try to revise my summaries. I, as always, welcome any and all comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms, and so on.
I am getting close to done with my project summarizing Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. You can look at my previous blog entries or the page itself if you are interested in more background on what I am doing and why. I have one more major chapter to do, covering the Epistles, and then the conclusions, but everything else is now done. This has been a lot of work, and I’m feeling somewhat exhausted as a result, so I would definitely welcome any feedback at all, even negative, so that I can have some indication that someone, anyone, is finding what I’ve done useful. The last bits will probably get done next weekend.
Several weeks ago, I finished reading Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. This book has completely flipped my evaluation of the subject, and now instead of considering it more likely than not that there was a historical figure based on whom the Jesus mythology developed, I have now come to agree with Carrier that Jesus probably originated as a celestial deity that was later falsely placed in history.
Unfortunately, Carrier’s book is a very difficult and lengthy read, so I fear that many people that are interested in its subject matter will not read it. That, plus wanting to be able to answer my wife’s question, “So what was his argument that convinced you?” I have begun the daunting project of condensing and slightly reorganizing his work into a more digestible form. I am not done yet, but I have worked my way up through Chapter 8 of the book, which was the chapter that more than any other shifted my opinion. I therefore have now posted my series of essays on this book, which should be viewed as a work-in-progress. Even my summary is long, for which I apologize. But I think it is worth the read. As always, I welcome any and all feedback, be it positive, negative, curious, or whatever. Enjoy!