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Richard Carrier Carrier Oconnell

On Paul’s Theory of Resurrection:

The Carrier-O’Connell Debate (2008)


Historian Richard Carrier and theology scholar Jake O’Connell debate whether Paul believed that Jesus rose from the dead in the same body that died, or in a new body, leaving his old body behind to rot in the grave.


Who We Are

What We Are Debating

The Rules We Followed

Carrier’s Opening Statement

O’Connell’s Opening Statement

O’Connell’s First Rebuttal

Carrier’s First Rebuttal

Carrier’s Second Rebuttal

O’Connell’s Second Rebuttal

O’Connell’s Closing Statement

Carrier’s Closing Statement

Final Assessment