(A Link Post to the most helpful, imho, of Richard
Basically this is required reading just as the title
says. Virtually any topic in unapologetics I can think of should
start with a baseline of whatever Richard has to say. Sure, use other
sources, but if you are a skeptic of Christianity, an atheist, and a
metaphysical naturalist, I highly recommend getting your bearings with
Richard's writings. They are comprehensive, well thought out, easy
enough to read, and loaded with exactly what needs to be said on these
topics. His sensibilities are awesome and those of you
out there that think I might be good...Rick is much better.
Atheists of all stripes should be familar with these materials and apologists
that want to set their sights on the cream of the crop have come to the right
I've assembled a list that I think are the
core concepts that will give you most certainly the backbone of principled
unbelief in the Christian religion (and then some of course).
The little interview
on "The God Who Wasn't
There" was okay. The debate
with the Muslims was
better. But if you want the best of Carrier TV, you'll buy this
debate on DVD.
Books:^^Sense and Goodness Without
This should be the atheist
bible. It covers the important paradigm territory of metaphysical
naturalism that you need to know
______________________________________^^The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the
Chapters 5 (The Spiritual Body of Christ and the Legend of the Empty
, 9 (The
Plausibility of Theft)
, and 10 (The Burial of Jesus in Light of Jewish Law)
his and are well worth the purchase on their own.The Empty Tomb
This is online, but is a helpful
companion (the FAQ was written all by Carrier) to the above
^^Review of: "16 Crucified Saviors"
review of the above work is mainly about what not to do as a skeptic.
I have it here because it helps our side quite a bit to know how far to go and
where to draw the line. Too often unbelief amounts to just making
ridiculous claims against rididiculous claims and being that sensible soul in
the hurricane of debate can score you those much needed points. Of
course intellectual honesty is good for the brain in general as
^^Osiris and Pagan Resurrection
Basically this is
the same idea as above, just more of
______________________________________ ^^Kooks and Quacks of the Roman
Carrier talks about having to
immerse yourself in a wide range of texts from a time period to be a good
historian and I hope some of that material hasn't rubbed off.
lol Seriously though, this essay is important because it provides
numerous examples of the kinds of credulity rampant in the world around the
time of the gospels. If you've ever wanted something specific to say
rather than vaguely allude to how much ancient superstitious people shouldn't
be trusted...this is excellent.
______________________________________^^Review of: Jesus as
know I have fellow atheists out there that want to jump the gun on the Jesus
Myth and this is a good place to start knowing what to do with it.
Carrier reviews Earl Doherty's "The Jesus Puzzle" and tells us what's
up so far. Keep in mind if you step out from under the umbrella of
consensus scholarship, you're going to bring down a storm of "epistemic
hypocrisy" and it is simpler and still more than effective to argue for
non-supernatural historicity until headway is made in that regard.
But in the meantime, it doesn't hurt to get a sneak peek. Carrier
plans to write a full book on the topic and we'll just have to see how that
Original J.P. Holding cartoon:
^^Why Carrier doesn't Buy the Resurrection
Apologists will claim the resurrection of Jesus
is a well-attested historical event. I think its safe to say that
they're wrong. But it's probably a good idea to have a qualified
historian scout the terrain for you.
______________________________________^^The Formation of the New Testament
This is important to get an overall feel for
how we got the Bible or rather how much we know about how we got the New Testament.
______________________________________^^Was Christianity Too Improbable to be
James Patrick Holding (the Turkelnator) managed to
look all the wrong ways and assume all the wrong things about how improbable
his religion was in its naturalistic formation. Carrier presents tons
of helpful observations to get things back on track. One of
the things I got most out of this is how obvious it is from the NT that
critical thinking was at best a second class citizen. You can assume
all you want about what isn't there, but its pretty easy to put two and two
together based on what is there. This is a good heads up for the meat
and potatoes of debates on early Christian epistemology. Read
^^The Secular Case for Pro-Choice
Carrier presents a good form and good information for
debating for pro-choice.
______________________________________^^The Odds Assessments for Abiogenesis to
This is an excellent resource, though
incredibly boring to read. Basically he's keeping tabs on all the
odds calculations to date so that when creationists start getting any funny
ideas, its all in one place to find out why they are
Obviously there are many more
excellent pieces he's written.
Hope these are helpful links.