Against my better judgment I clicked a link Jim West’s blog to the utterly inane ramblings of Jesus mythicist Richard Carrier, which purported to be a review of Maurice Casey’s book refuting mythcism. I won’t link to the “review” because no one should ever have to waste a second of their lives reading anything a mythicist has written, and I really really mean that. They’re insane and we’re all stupider for reading them. For reals.
I haven’t read Casey’s book yet and I’m not sure if I will since refuting mythicists is kinda like shooting the water that the fish in the barrel are swimming in. In any event, I was amazed by Carrier’s first paragraph in which he prattles on about Bart Ehrman saying:
I already exposed all the egregious errors of fact and logic in Bart Ehrman’s sad armchair failure at this. Which evidently provoked him to repeatedly lie about what happened, which I then also documented. I consider him disgraced as a scholar. If you have to tell lies to save face, rather than admit a mistake and do better, you are done in this business. Or certainly ought to be.
I just can’t make sense of how this paragraph is supposed to have any meaning whatsoever in Carrier’s atheistic world. What’s a lie supposed to be without a universal (transcendent) standard of truth and why should it be a problem for Ehrman to do it sans that standard? Carrier is full of self-righteous indignation and yet he can’t possibly account for why that is. He obviously has some sort of code of ethics but he can’t possibly think it’s universal and believe that Ehrman should live up to it. Can he?