Not the Impossible Faith

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Lulu.com, Feb 10, 2009 - Atheism - 454 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Who Would Follow a Man from Galilee?
51
Was Resurrection Deemed Impossible?
85
Was the New Always Bad?
129
Who Would Join an Intolerant Cult?
147
Was Christianity Vulnerable to Disproof?
161
Who Would Want to be Persecuted?
219
Was a God Incarnate Always Repugnant?
247
Would the Facts Be Checked?
329
Who Would Follow an Ignorant Savior?
369
How Successful Was Christianity?
407
Extended Contents
449
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