Carrier has a review up on Bart Ehrman’s book on the historical Jesus. I haven’t yet read it yet, as I am, as you know, WRITING MY OWN (and while not dealing expressly with the historical Jesus, it will, however, I hope, have something to say in that regard).
Anyway, so as I started to read Carrier’s review, his opening paragraph essentially said all I needed to know:
Moreover, it completely fails at its one explicit task: to effectively critique the arguments for Jesus being a mythical person.
Here’s the thing… one would have to first assume that the arguments of the mythicists are worth considering. They aren’t. It is like Ken Ham asking a real scientist to prove that Creationism is false. First, one has to assume Creationism (6000 YEC) is true. Why waste time debunking garbage? Facts are presented in Science, but because the Hamites do not accept them, then they claim that they haven’t been “effectively critiques.”
I’m sure that there are a lot more fallacies in Carrier’s (world renowned? avid fans? Really?) thought process, but over all, the fact that one believes that someone else has to pay them attention or else is just silly.