"[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
About the Author
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.