Richard Carrier’s Bayesian Challenge to Jesus Studies
The study of Jesus is rife with bias, assumptions, and an alarming lack of data. In this short, non-technical and informative podcast, historian and philosopher Dr. Richard Carrier talks about how he examines these issues in his new book, Proving History, Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. Bayes’ Theorem is a logical argument expressed mathematically to calculate the probability of a belief. Carrier assesses the logical foundations and practical applications of both methods and criteria historians use, and he does so through the lens of Bayes’ Theorem.
(26 minutes, 26 seconds, 25. 38 MB)
Click here to go to Carrier’s website. Click here and scroll down to Carrier’s pdf tutorial on Bayes’ Theorem, and click here to learn more about Bayes’ Theorem. You can find my discussion of this podcast here and also here.