Thursday, August 16, 2018

'SFRB on Sunday' from the Archive: Did Jesus Christ really exist? Richard Carrier shares some inconvenient truths.

Originally published on December 10, 2017.

Jesus Christ is 'the reason for the season' of Christmas, an old saying goes. Why not? This holiday is named in his honor, after all. Beyond the egg nog and holly, however, just how valid is Christmas in a purely historical context? This all depends on whether or not its namesake can hold his own as a human, rather than mythological, being. What do the facts indicate? Richard Carrier is a noted scholar, author, and speaker who has devoted much of his career to answering said question. In this week's episode of 'The San Francisco Review of Books on Sunday,' he shares several inconvenient truths about one of history's most cherished, yet convoluted, figures.

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