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David Fitzgerald is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557709911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557709915
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
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Hello all; Danielle Muscato here. In my post today, I will review David Fitzgerald's 2010 book Nailed. This book was voted one of the Top 5 Atheist/Agnostic Books of 2010 (Atheism.About.com's Readers' Choice Awards), and I think it the honor is well-deserved, as we'll see below.

I've heard about the mythicist case before, but admit that I was too skeptical to take it seriously. After reading this book, I realized I was, in fact, not being skeptical enough.

I didn't read this book the way I read most books. Right off the bat, I realized that, in order to fact-check properly, I would need to pull out my "big guns" - my 5-volume encyclopedia of the Bible, my copies of Tacitus, Suetonius, Seneca, et al (it helps that I'm minoring in Latin), my Greek NT, my Oxford Essential Guide to People & Places of the Bible (ed. Bruce Metzger), my Cities of the Biblical World (DeVries), and so on. I've studied many of the Latin source works Fitzgerald talks about before, and he's absolutely right that in most cases, these writers were either talking about Christians, not Jesus himself, or that the mentions of Jesus were interpolations (forgeries added into the text by later Christians); that there was definitely more than one Jewish guy named Yeshua walking around back then, and in many cases these writers were writing about other people with the same name; and finally, that literally all of the writers that Christian apologists prop up as credible witnesses were, in fact, born AFTER Jesus died - some decades, some a century or two more.
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Nailed: The Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All by David Fitzgerald

"Nailed: The Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All" is an interesting book that covers ten Christian myths regarding Jesus. Each chapter covers a myth. David Fitzgerald provides some food for thought and compelling arguments that support the position that Jesus Christ was invented driven by hope and imagination. He completes his thesis with how different things would be if there had been a historical Jesus. Writer and historical researcher, David Fitzgerald's admirable research leads to a brief reference-quality book regarding the historicity of Jesus Christ. This 248-page book is composed of the following ten chapters: 1. The idea that Jesus was a myth is ridiculous!, 2. Jesus was wildly famous - but..., 3. Ancient historian Josephus wrote about Jesus, 4. Eyewitnesses wrote the Gospels, 5. The Gospels give a consistent picture of Jesus, 6. History conforms the Gospels, 7. Archeology conforms the Gospels, 8. Paul and the Epistles corroborate the Gospels, 9. Christianity began with Jesus and his apostles, and 10. Christianity was totally new and different.

Positives:
1. A well written, well researched book.
2. An accessible book for the masses.
3. A fascinating look at the historicity of Jesus Christ. Thought-provoking theories with sound arguments in defense.
4. Good quotes interspersed throughout book.
5. Tackles ten Christian myths regarding Jesus Christ head on.
6. Provides further reading material at the end of each chapter.
7. Gospel events that should have made history but surprisingly didn't. Quite eye opening.
8. Very helpful timeline and diagram of supposed eyewitnesses to Jesus. Great stuff!
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Why is it that Christian Mythology gets a pass and can be assumed to be true until proven otherwise. No one assumes that various heroes of Greek Mythology must have existed and a great deal of historical and archeological research often goes into examining the basis for many of these different myths and stories. It is refreshing that the author instead of looking at the world from the basis that Jesus must have existed questions and researches his existence the same way that individuals look at research and critique other forms of less accepted mythology. I would encourage people to look at Christian Mythology with the same lens we apply to Greek, Egyptian, ancient Sumerian, Celtic or any of the many ancient forms of mythological scripture. I am only beginning to read this book, but feel it is an excellent starting point for those who want to gain a better understanding of the history surrounding Christian Mythology.
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Fitzgerald gave a speech on this topic and about his book at Skepticon 3 this year with an excellent case presentation and documentation on how Jesus could never have existed, and how everything in the Bible regarding this false Jesus were elaborate pieces of fiction borrowed from "apostle" to "apostle", with bits of information made up and tacked on as they went along writing. This guy has done his homework, and I encourage everyone, even christian apologists to give this a read before claiming again that Jesus actually existed.
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I ordered this book with a slight sense of dread. (Having slogged my way through volumes of church history, I was not particularly excited about the prospect of having to do it again.) Fortunately for me, I was finally able to step past my snobbery for this books somewhat cheesy cover graphics and hit the "Buy It" button. Upon arrival the first thing I was happy to discover was that it's cover and binding are of excellent quality....which is a very good thing because I know that I will be working this book like a rented mule.

Out of all other books that I've read on this subject, I can easily say that the content, writing style and layout makes "NAILED" my absolute favorite.

The "Jesus is a Myth" message is on it's way into the mainstream (or so I keep hoping...) If you are new to the subject and need a starting point, I highly recommend reading "NAILED" - it will put you on the ground floor.
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