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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All Paperback – October 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
"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.
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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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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This book is an excellent primer in the Historasity myth. It lays down a historical foundation along with dates and exerts from historical documents dating back to the supposed... Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. Symonds
Great book, chock full of further reading suggestions.
I loved the book. I keep hearing from Christians about these myths and the author clearly makes the point, over and over again, that nothing or no one wrote anything about Jesus... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Charles Altman
This book does a good job of making its case. The critical 1 star reviews I read do the usual bashing of the author but don't address the historical data the author brings up.Published 22 days ago by Adam Legler
I have read about five books on the Christ-myth theory, and this is one of the best. The book has a fair number of typos, and the author makes some assertions that he does not... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Barry Rucker
An easy, quick reference guide to information that is documented in much longer, intense books like those written by Richard Carrier.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fitzgerald is scorned as a " myther" by many atheists and Christian fundamentalists alike as his simplistic accessible book "Nailed" does something scholars in the broader... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenneth D. Penn
It's like the afternoon you realise Father Christmas doesn't exist. It had never entered my mind. How does such a publicly available concept such as Jesus Christ actually existing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malcolm Gorman