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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All Paperback – October 1, 2010
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All right, so what? It is an abuse of human freedom and dignity to persistently press upon unwilling innocent by-standers these ideas that pose as literal historical truth when a little research [such as reading this book] will prove easily that the 'good news' is indeed, fake news. They not only insist or at least infer that much evidence for their case for historical truth is everywhere and easy to find when an honest look at real history, real objective evidence, will soon convince an honest inquirer that the whole gigantic enterprise of Christianity propaganda propagation is mostly an insult to ordinary human intelligence and is a well organized on-going effort to deceive and manipulate those who lack understanding or are not capable of doing a little reading and research on their own.
Why do I care? It happens that there is a common will-to-good in human nature. No lies about supernatural doings, magical gods, and threats of eternal damnation are necessary to bring out this natural good we are born with. Of course, we also have the equal and opposite will to the not-good and right there we have the gist of the human condition. Everyone struggles sooner or later one way or another. And that is true no matter what we believe or don't believe. I care about all this because I know life is hard enough as we find it without the interference of those who want to assert influence on us and talk us out of 10% of our income. You want to do good? Do good. You chose not to do good? Don't blame the devil or beg for mercy from an imagined supernatural source that doesn't actually even exist.
This book will help some readers to sort out truth from fiction and there is nothing better than that to help us clarify the choices we must make in life.
Do we choose good because it's the right thing to do or because we fear the Christian hellfire if we fail? This may sound simplistic but it is an absolute reality in the thinking of many troubled human beings. Religions take advantage of that natural insecurity and each religion [or congregation] claims they are the one true one.
What we need in order to find the peace we seek is an honest evaluation of what is really true. The Buddha supposedly said, 'Believe nothing because you have been told it.' And I would add to that, 'don't believe someone else's neurotic fantasy.' Search for that which is true. Make it the work of your life. Whatever else may be said there is no religion higher than Truth.
This book may help some readers sort through the mess and decide for them selves, finally, what is true.
The title doesn't quite deliver on its promise. A more accurate title would have been: Reasons the Jesus of the Gospels Never Existed.
David Fitzgerald shows quite compellingly the events of the gospels couldn't have happened as written. First, many reliable historians wrote about events in Judea during the early 1st century, including some with a special interest in religious movements. They documented the existence of other faith healers and so-called Jewish messiahs, but none makes any mention of Jesus, who was supposedly famous and had throngs of people listening to his teachings and witnessing his miracles.
Second, the gospels as written have historical problems. The trial of Jesus could not have taken place as described, for it contradicts known Jewish legal practice. The real historical Pilate was very different from the indecisive figure of the Gospels. Mark alone made many mistakes about Judean geography and custom, which Matthew corrected in his gospel.
Fitzgerald also documents the surprising lack of biographical details about Jesus in the epistles of Paul, the earliest written sections of the New Testament. It's as if Paul were writing about a purely spiritual figure, not an historical one. Fitzgerald also notes the allegorical style of the Gospel of Mark, the earliest account of Jesus on which all the others are based. He shows the gospel writers weren't composing biographies or writing down eyewitness testimony. They each wrote for different audiences with different portrayals of Jesus.
The author presents enough material to make listeners at least consider the possibility that Jesus the man never existed. However, I don't think he constructs an open-and-shut case, as the title promises. The book actually works best as a primer on New Testament scholarship. It would serve as eye-opening reading for any Christian who still believes the gospels were written by eyewitnesses, or that historical research confirms them.
Fitzgerald has also done a much longer and expanded study of the Christ myth in "Mything In Action", a three part series that I've just started and cannot recommend highly enough for anyone who has read "Nailed". "Mything" expands on the information presented in "Nailed", once again managing to be informative, interesting and readable. Fitzgerald knows his stuff and knows how to present it.