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Not unless he has compelling evidence to the contrary.
Might he provide this evidence in his forthcoming book?
It’s true that Christianity, Islam, and Mormonism each had a founder who organized a movement that spread rapidly, but in each case the movement’s early writings point to that founder being a historical individual: Jesus, Muhammad, and Joseph Smith.
Their writings do not point to that founder being, on Carrier’s thesis, a spiritual being (i.e., a purely spiritual Jesus, Gabriel, and Moroni). He can’t say that the founding of Christianity, Islam, or Mormonism point to the existence of their claimed historical founders in two cases but not the third.
), but Paul acknowledges that his relationship was different than that of the other apostles, that he related to Jesus as “one untimely born” (1 Cor.
Paul indicates that some of them were his brothers.
Much less is it the same thing as providing evidence against the view you are responding to.
Carrier’s goal in the post does not seem to be so much responding to the original argument as “giv[ing] you an idea of where this new approach to Christian origins is coming from”—that is, sketching an outline of his own view.
Carrier takes exception here and states: "[B]ut that’s not true.
The earliest accounts (in the letters of Paul) know nothing of Nazareth and never mention Jesus recruiting or training anyone.