Dr. Richard Carrier

Oh No! Biogenesis Is Impossible?? A Case Study in Creationist Lies

I’ve written on biogenesis before (and before that). It’s even one of the subjects in philosophy in which I’ve had peer reviewed research published. And I have a whole section on it in Sense and Goodness without God, my survey of naturalism as a worldview (III.8, “How Did We Get Here?”). It’s one of the… The post Oh No! Biogenesis…

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Imperial Roman Economics as an Example of an Overthrown Consensus

My dissertation advisor at Columbia University was William V. Harris, who employed his own Ph.D. in straightforward political history to cultivate a wide range of specializations in ancient Roman history, ranging from dream culture to history of emotions, to ancient economics and numismatics, education and literacy, even environmental history. But he was originally most famous… The post Imperial Roman Economics…

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No, Christianity Was Not Invented in the 4th Century

And yes. We know that for a fact. Like QAnon, which is a new secular religion spreading, quite bizarrely, across the globe, I have noticed another strange conspiracy theory gaining popularity and spreading worldwide: the belief that Christianity was invented in the 4th century by agents of Constantine’s government. It’s not knew. You can find… The post No, Christianity Was…

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The Korean “Comfort Women” Dust-Up and the Function of Peer Review in History

It’s not common that major, respected academic journals exhibit a catastrophic failure in their peer review process. But it happens. Everything from creationist dribble to just about anything in any field has “slipped passed” peer review protocols in legitimate journals—usually leading to retractions when caught (since the epistemic reliability of a journal literally hinges on… The post The Korean “Comfort…

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Should We Assume Jesus Was Historical? The Mythvision Carrier-McDonald Debate

Dennis MacDonald and I have discussed the question of Jesus’s historicity many times over the years. These are among the most important kinds of discussions to have, as MacDonald isn’t a Christian apologist and actually agrees the Gospels are almost entirely mythographical and not works of history. So we can cut past most of the… The post Should We Assume…

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A Few More Attempts to Rescue Jesus

A while ago I composed Historicity Big and Small: How Historians Try to Rescue Jesus, summarizing and categorizing the main arguments pushed in a kind of phylogeny. Here I will expand on that by adding a few more arguments, within the same scheme I constructed there. Both of these articles start from the position of… The post A Few More…

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Some Problems with Modern Kemetic Mythology

There is a sub-category of Neopaganism today called Kemetism, or Egyptian Neopaganism. It is often heavily wrapped up in Black Supremacist or Afrocentrism movements. By analogy to Wicca, the most well-known variety of Neopaganism, which is based on a European pagan legacy (especially Celtic, Greek, Nordo-Germanic, and Roman), Kemetic religion is derived from Egyptian religion… The post Some Problems with…

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The Original Scriptural Concept of ‘The Lord’ Jesus

I recently realized a minor underlying fact in the background knowledge I laid out in my peer-reviewed book On the Historicity of Jesus has gone unnoticed. It seems trivial to me, but too many things do. I realize this stuff I take for granted is really shocking or mind-blowing to many, because they’ve been seeing… The post The Original Scriptural…

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Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Hundred Years

This is part two of my series on Diarmaid MacCulloch’s book and BBC series A History of Christianity, or as the book is sometimes titled, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, referring to the fact that Christianity evolved out of trends that began a thousand years before it arose and so “its” history really goes… The post Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity:…

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Diarmaid MacCulloch’s BBC Series on the History of Christianity

I’ve been asked a lot about Diarmaid MacCulloch’s book and BBC series A History of Christianity, or as the book is sometimes titled, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, referring to the fact that Christianity evolved out of trends that began a thousand years before it arose and so “its” history really goes back three… The post Diarmaid MacCulloch’s BBC…

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A Vital Primer on Media Literacy

I am getting asked the same question far too much lately: “What is your take on [x]; it seems pretty convincing; how do we know it’s not reliable?” Where [x] will be some crank on the internet, some ridiculous news headline, some random article somewhere, or something they found asserted repeatedly on social media. Now,… The post A Vital Primer…

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