If Jesus Didn’t Exist, Why Did They Invent One?
The theory that there was no actual Jesus at the dawn of Christianity is starting to impact academia. But if there was no Galilean minister from Nazareth riling up the Jerusalem elite and getting himself crucified by Pontius Pilate, why did Christians invent such a character? How did his existence then become such a central dogma of the Church?
To address those questions, Richard Carrier, author of On the Historicity of Jesus, which is the first peer-reviewed book by a respected academic press exploring this theory, will outline what we know, what we don't, and what's possible in the context of the time and the evidence we have.
Carrier, who has spoken at the Center previously, has a Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University and now specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. He also is the author of Sense and Goodness without God, Proving History, and many other books, chapters and articles. For more about him and his work, visit www.richardcarrier.info.
This talk will also take place earlier in the day at CFI-L.A. at 11 a.m.
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