"[C]arefully exposes what happens when sound methodology meets biblical studies. . . . Proving History is a brilliant lesson in the proper proportioning of belief to evidence. Even minimal attention to Bayesian probability theory reveals just how much of Jesus scholarship confuses ‘possibly true’ with ‘probably true.’ The only miracle Richard Carrier has left to explain is why so few appreciate that extraordinary claims require extraordinary support."
-Dr. Malcolm Murray, Author of The Atheist’s Primer
"Carrier applies his philosophical and historical training to maximum effect in outlining a case for the use of Bayes’s Theorem in evaluating biblical claims. Even biblical scholars, who usually are not mathematically inclined, may never look at the ‘historical Jesus’ the same way again."
-Dr. Hector Avalos, Professor of religious studies, Iowa State University, and author of , The End of Biblical Studies
Richard C. Carrier, an independent scholar with a doctorate in ancient history from Columbia University, is the author of Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith; Not the Impossible Faith: Why Christianity Didn’t Need a Miracle to Succeed; and Sense and Goodness without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism. He has also contributed chapters to The End of Christianity, edited by John W. Loftus; Sources of the Jesus Tradition: Separating History from Myth, edited by R. Joseph Hoffmann; The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, edited by John W. Loftus; and The Empty Tomb: Jesus beyond the Grave, edited by Robert Price and Jeffery Lowder.
This book was dense, mathy, and at times difficult, but it was also excellent. I suspect that the reason for its density is that the author had to decide between brevity and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josh
I am just finishing reading Richard Carrier’s two part magnus opus, Proving History and On the Historicity of Jesus. In the first book Dr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Given the emphasis on Dr. Carrier's "version" of Bayes' Theorem (BT) and the title of the book, addressing these foundations provide perhaps the best basis for evaluating... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LegionOnomaMoi
A very rigorous and detailed explanation of how to correctly apply statistics to evaluate historical claims is presented. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brian L. Vant-hull
Carrier's YouTube work has got me intrigued. I am starting to look at the reviews. Of course, I need to buy and read his book for myself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam Mitchell
First there was the Drake "equation" silliness passing for science, beautifully refuted by Michael Crichton. Now, the misuse of Bayes Theorem is vogue. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pasca
I expected, as a former math major, that I would find the approach interesting. I didn't. Tedious writing didn't help. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Crawford Harris
Not simple, but turns historical evidence into a testable hypothesis.Published 12 months ago by Bob