Bible Study (or Taking the Bible Seriously as Fiction: A Read-Along)

A session at FtBConscience 2

Sunday 2nd February, 2014

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Read the Bible with a genuine Ivy League biblical scholar, Dr. Richard Carrier, with a bottle of scotch and a pint of scholarly irreverence. Come follow along (even drink along) and explore what it's like to read the Bible as literature rather than fact. No, really. Actually bring a bible (or several) and read along! Oh yes, Dr. Carrier will do the nativity (War on Christmas!), as well as why Jesus killed an innocent fig tree (War on Trees!), why Paul (didn't really) tell women to shut up but did give women slut-shaming advice on how to avoid being raped by angels (War on Men...er, Angels...?), why Barabbas was actually the villain of the piece (War on Guns...er, Swords...Catapults? Whatever), why the author of John made Lazarus up...and then cited him as his eyewitness source (War on Fox News?), and more. Some of this will be drawing from Dr. Carrier's upcoming book On the Historicity of Jesus.

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Dr. Richard Carrier

Author, Philosopher, and Historian

Richard Carrier, Ph.D., is a philosopher and historian, specializing in contemporary philosophy of naturalism and Greco-Roman philosophy, science, and religion, including the origins of Christianity. As an independent scholar he blogs regularly and lectures for community groups worldwide, and is the author of Sense and Goodness without God, Proving History, Why I Am Not a Christian, as well as other books and chapters and articles in magazines and academic journals. For more about him and his work see richardcarrier.info.

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Time 2:00pm3:00pm CST

Date Sun 2nd February 2014

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Books by speaker

  • Science Education in the Early Roman Empire
  • On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt
  • Hitler Homer Bible Christ

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