Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All

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Why would anyone think Jesus never existed? Isn’t it perfectly reasonable to accept that he was a real first century figure? As it turns out, no. Employing research from historians all across the theological spectrum, NAILED shows how the evidence points to a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus – in short, a purely mythic Christ.

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About David Fitzgerald

David Fitzgerald is a writer and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He lectures around the country at universities and national secular events and is best known for his popular multimedia presentation The Ten Thousand Christs and the Evaporating Jesus.
He has also been called “one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area.” In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists, Center For Inquiry-SF and The Garrison-Martineau Project, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco’s annual Darwin Day celebration. He lives in San Francisco with writer, producer and movie actress Dana Fredsti.

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Review by: BCskeptic on Nov. 24, 2011 : star star star star
This book is chock full of detailed information, references, and insight into one of the most interesting topics for the believer and non-believer alike (I'm the latter...the former might be a bit dismayed!).

The author has definitely done his homework, and writes in an interesting and engaging style. There are a few places where it is a bit "coloquial" and some editing could clean up a few things, but all in all I really enjoyed the book and in fact I'm reading it again because I want some of the details--and there are many of those--to stick in my grey matter.

If I could get ahold of the author, I'd encourage him to try to get it published in "mainstream" hardcover/paperback...I've a feeling it would make more of a splash on the religious landscape than even "The God Delusion".

I for one am now convinced more than ever that there never was a real person named Jesus Christ that inspired the Gospel events; to conclude otherwise after reading the book seems highly irrational. Merry Christmyth!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shanna on Oct. 13, 2011 : star star star star
Great book concise in it's criticisms. And a well aimed arrow to add to your quiver of ammunition when dealing with christians from fallacious positions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kris D'Arcy on May 17, 2011 : (no rating)
Excellent summary of reasons to doubt the existence of a historical Jesus. I have been a fan of John Dominic Crossan, but this book made me very doubtful that the man/divinity known as Jesus ever existed. At this point I tend to think that Jesus is a myth cobbled together from various sources. It's hard to argue with the reasoning put forth in the book--unless you are so wedded to unfounded belief that you can't face the truth.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: John Duff on May 11, 2011 : star star star star star
What a great introduction to the critical study of Christianity! Like the great Dr. Robert M. Price once mentioned on a podcast: In the search for information on higher critical studies concerning Christianity, the best place to start is with a general examination of competing literature. Nailed fills Dr. Prices prescription with an all-purpose inquiry of Christianity and the most commonly accepted “understandings” of it. Mr. Fitzgerald sifts through, point by point, with what is greatly accepted, by Christians and non-Christians alike, as proof for the existence of Jesus, only to shed some much needed light on major problems surrounding such extraordinary claims. Each of the ten sections are broken out wonderfully for ease of following, and supported with great sources by leading historical, biblical and philosophical scholarship. I wish Nailed had been available when I started my research several years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time. I suggest Nailed as a great starting point for anyone interested in challenging what they think they know about Christianity, or taking their faith to the next logical level: reason.

On a side note, I just found a downside to e-books. I realized that, aside from actually lending my Kindle to someone, I can’t share this wonderful book with those of whom I feel would benefit.

-John
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Evan on Dec. 16, 2010 : star star star star star
When you tell people that there is no good evidence for an historical Jesus they will scoff and think you are some sort of conspiracy-theory nut bar. David Fitzgerald's book: 'Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All' is a fantastic summary of why one should indeed have serious doubts about the existence of a real flesh and blood person behind the Jesus(es) of the New Testament Gospels. This is not just an argument from silence either. He makes a clear case that the evidence points to the Gospel Jesus as a literary creation and not the putative founder of a faith. That Christians fabricated their epistles and Gospel stories is not news but that their pious fiction reaches back into the most pivotal details of the Jesus story is of great significance.

This is not a new thesis but this short little book puts it all in one package more succinctly than any other work I have read on this subject.

It is a simply excellent book. Well worth the read & highly recommended.

-evan
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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