SBL/AAR 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

I am currently in Atlanta, Georgia at the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion 2015 annual meeting. So far I have had the chance to meet a lot of people face to face whom I have previously only known online, including Daniel Gullotta, Michael Kok, Wayne Coppins, and Simon Joseph. It’s great to have the chance to make connections like this.

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Tonight I will be attending the Bloggers’ Dinner at AAR/SBL in Atlanta, hosted by James McGrath.

I’ll be posting about the sessions that I have been attending in some subsequent posts. I am greatly enjoying this conference!

-Matthew Ferguson

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4 Responses to SBL/AAR 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

  1. It was great meeting you in person!

  2. dlh53 says:

    Hi Matthew,

    I am currently reading Raphael Lataster’s new book, “Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists.” He criticizes the methodologies used by Bart Ehrman in his book, “Did Jesus Exist.”
    Lataster believes there is insufficient historical evidence regarding the existence of Jesus so he is “agnostic” on the matter without throwing his hat in with the mythicist camp.
    Wonder if you had a chance to read the book as you know quite a bit about this area too.

    Danny Hardesty

    • I haven’t read this new book, but I have skimmed Lataster’s earlier book “There Was No Jesus, There Is No God.” My main impression is that any book challenging the historicity of Jesus needs to be subjected to academic peer review by a Biblical Studies press. It’s simply too much of a minority view in scholarship to advance Mythicism any other way, even as an agnostic. The only book that I am aware of that has done this is Richard Carrier’s recent book. I don’t agree with Carrier’s thesis, but I also think that it is the best defense in print of the Mythicist position. It could be interesting to see their exchange in this new book, though.

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