Richard Carrier received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University, and his B.A. in history and classical civilization from UC Berkeley. As a member of the American Philological Association, the Association of Ancient Historians, the History of Science Society and the Historical Society, Dr. Carrier specializes in Greco-Roman religious and intellectual history. He is the author of Sense and Goodness without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism (2005) and Not the Impossible Faith: Why Christianity Didn't Need a Miracle to Succeed (2009), and a major contributing author to The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave (2005). He is currently preparing for publication The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire and On the Historicity of Jesus Christ . For more about his life and work visit http://www.richardcarrier.info .