Not the Impossible Faith
Why Christianity Didn't Need a Miracle to Succeed
Richard Carrier, Ph.D.
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Dr. Richard Carrier is an expert in the history of the ancient world and a critic of Christian attempts to distort history in defense of their faith. Not the Impossible Faith is a tour de force in that genre, dissecting and refuting the oft-repeated claim that Christianity could not have succeeded in the ancient world unless it was true. Though framed as a detailed rebuttal to Christian apologist J.P. Holding (author of The Impossible Faith), Carrier takes a general approach that educates the reader on the history and sociology of the ancient world, answering many questions like: How did Christians approach evidence? Was there a widespread prejudice against the testimony of women? Was resurrection such a radical idea? Who would worship a crucified criminal? And much more. Written with occasional humor and an easy style, and thoroughly referenced, with many entertaining "gotcha!" moments, Not the Impossible Faith is a must-read for anyone interested in the origins of Christianity.
Excellent dissection of Christian apologetics...
that includes interesting (and occasionally funny) facts and anecdotes from Roman and Christian history. Dr. Carrier is a historian with a specialty in the Greco-Roman era and the beginning of Christianity. If you want solid data to refute many of the inane claims made by ill-informed Christians, this is a good source.