New Book by Raphael Lataster and Richard Carrier: "Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists"

Back in April of 2012 I wrote a post titled, Did Jesus Exist? An All Out War Is Going On. It's not over but there is less rancor between atheists. The war was at it's worst just after the publication of Bart Ehrman's 2013 book, which was titled, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.With the publication of Richard Carrier's 2014 book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, the intensity has subsided.There were other scholars involved of course, and the war might grow in intensity again if/when Robert Price and Bart Ehrman debate the issue. [I haven't heard for sure if they will]. The reason the war subsided is probably because all the available evidence and arguments have been put forth and discussed. My position is that at the very best, Jesus was a failed apocalyptic prophet, as I argued in chapter 12 for The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails.Beyond this best case scenario, my claim is that The Jesus in the Gospels Never Existed! and that should be good enough for my purposes, letting bona fide historians tackle the question of his actual existence.

Now a new book by Raphael Lataster and Richard Carrier has come out, Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists.It's a whopping 420 pages long. The book seems to be a summation and exposition of the debate so far. You can look at its description on Amazon and see inside the book for more. It purports to be written for a lay audience. One thing noteworthy is that Raphael Lataster is agnostic on the question of the existence of Jesus (just like Hector Avalos), whereas Carrier thinks it's a 67% probability Jesus did not exist.


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