Bookmarked: Jesus, Dams, and Witches


| 7/27/2012 4:51:48 PM


Tags: Bookmarked, Richard C. Carrier, Proving History, Stephen Grace, Dam Nation, David Talbot, Season of the Witch,

Every day, new books arrive in the offices of Utne Reader. It would be impossible to review all of them, but a shame to leave many hidden on the shelves. In "Bookmarked," we link to excerpts from some of our favorites, hoping they'll inspire a trip to your local library or bookstore. Bonne connaissance! 

 

Proving HistoryAlmost all experts agree that the Jesus of the Bible is a composite of myth, legend, and some historical evidence. So what can we know about the real Jesus? Proving History (Prometheus Books, 2012) by historian Richard C. Carrier proposes Bayes’s theorem as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria in this in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole. Read Chapter 1, “The Problem."