Richard Carrier, a frequent Secular Web contributor and editor (with numerous scholarly articles in the Modern Library in addition to the editorials below), has a Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University. A recipient of several fellowships, he has taught classes in Greek and Roman history and published his work in magazines and journals.
He has studied skeptical thought and the paranormal in the ancient world, particularly the Roman Empire, majored in historiography, and intellectual and religious history, and minored in the decline of the Roman Empire. For his doctoral thesis he studied ancient attitudes toward science and scientists. With his Ph.D he intends to teach at the university level, write textbooks, and continue advanced research in the life and thought of ancient Rome.
Note: In addition to the books listed below, Richard Carrier was a contributing author to the following books:
For more information, see Richard's bio in the Secular Web Modern Library.
What ever happened to Solon? An Ancient Greek who founded democracy and the concept of equality, Solon's work is the true inspiration behind America. His moral code far outshines Moses' Ten Commandments and would be a much more appropriate document to place within our public schools. It is time that the long forgotten Athenian be resurrected.
When Cupid's arrow strikes, is it mere molecules in motion or have we finally found our soul mate? Carrier explores nature's greatest mystery -- amore! -- as well as the notion of physical beauty, impulse, biology, and Hollywood's obsession with sex.
Exploration of the "myth" of the Columbine Martyr, along with apology.
Richard Carrier looks at a prime example of the "genre" of medical literature that declares Jesus died, and finds it hopelessly wanting, especially for their incompetent historical method.
Is life pointless? Why should the atheist bother? It's all just going to end anyway, right? Answers enclosed.
Carrier discusses several Jewish laws regarding burial in first century Palestine that illuminate the Gospel stories, revealing that perhaps, by law, Jesus had to be taken down Friday night, and had to be buried in a special graveyard reserved for criminals Saturday night. Also discussed are some examples of the "third day" motif in Jewish law and tradition.
The Internet Infidels mourn the dead and call for a blood drive as a symbolic gesture: in contrast with those criminals, we give blood rather than spill it.
It's been over two years, but it's not too late: VHS copies of the debate between lawyer Edward Tabash and renowned apologist William Lane Craig are now available at the Secular Web. Debaters, aspiring debaters and fans of theism-atheism debates everywhere will definitely want a copy!
We don't seem to win much notice in the press, but when we do, its good press. Carrier surveys the few instances he could find. Some are quite interesting!
Yet another bogus claim about the Koran (this time, it predicted the speed of light!). The claim is analysed and debunked.
The authentic secret diaries of Moses were recently found, and they contain shocking revelations.
A recent find, an ossuary (or bonebox) may be evidence that Jesus existed. Carrier compares the facts and arguments, pro and con, and offers his expert opinion.
Michael Corey claimed in a recent debate that the Koran predicted the expanding universe. But did it? Only if you employ a liberal reading of the original text. Carrier uses the same interpretive methods on the poetry of Lucretius to show that Epicurus was a far more amazing prophet of modern science than Mohammed. Yet if Mohammed really had a pipeline to God, surely he would have done better than a mere mortal who used nothing more than human reason and observation.
Antony Flew is one of the most renowned atheists of the 20th century. He is now considering the possibility that there might be a God--sort of. What's going on? Carrier has had direct contact with Flew and tells us what's going on; it's certainly not, at least not yet, what some theists would like to think.
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