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.
Nailed sheds light on 10 beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.
©2010 David Fitzgerald (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC
When commuting to and from work about 2 hours daily, and while doing the more basic functions of my job, a good audiobook provides the pace.
This well-written informative work uses the sources Christians accept to invalidate the sources Christians accept. I want everyone who was ever in the church to listen to this, with their logic glasses on.
What day was the Jesus crucified? The writer that made it into the modern biblical canon can't agree. Also why didn't anyone else see a mob of Jewish zombies?
While the information is good I can't say it's worth owning as an audiobook. On paper it would be fine because you could go back later and reference it if needed. You can't do that with this kind of information in an audiobook format.
The information in this book is good but it's more laid out as a dissertation and not a simple "here it is" let me tell you a story. The first half of the book is him making references to events, people and places that feels like it needs an appendix (or that he's reading from someone else's) that sadly audio books don't come with. Several times throughout the audio book the author makes reference to a PDF file that accompanies it but I was not given one to download from audible.
Anyone anywhere ever.
While the information in this book is good, David Fritzgerald is not a "performer" like so many others who narrate audible books. He has trouble pronouncing words he wrote in his own book. Several times throughout the performance sentences are read twice over. He reads it like a high school student reading in front of a class and nervous that the other students are going to make fun of him. It is not fluid nor does it float at all. It's an awkward bumbling mess the whole way through. It's hard to follow the "so and so in this century said this, and so and so disputed that in this century" with the author's uneasy reading style. I felt lost for the first half of the book. The information is useful but it wasn't until he got into the actual texts of the bible that one could follow along having something familiar to ground the text to.
the information in this book is good but you're better off having a hard copy to refer back to when necessary. Unless you have a photographic memory this is nothing more than a "hey that was good to know". This isn't really the kind of book you listen to, it's one you have in hand and highlight with markers as you go.
I enjoyed the book but not in an audio format. I'm going to have to buy the book in print so I can pick up the points the author failed to convey properly in his own reading.
NOT recommended for use with family and friends.
This is great for making those door bashers squirm under the huge weight of evidence against the existence of even an historical Jesus.
Be sure to create a copious amount of well named and categorized bookmarks.
David Fitzgerald outlines the best case, based squarely on the very evidence Christian apologists and scholars use to defend Jesus, for questioning his very existence. I am always skeptical of any claim, but this book cites direct evidence from the text itself that calls into question everything we ever took for granted regarding the historicity of Jesus.
At the very least, no honest, critical thinking person could walk away from this book and not have reason to doubt whether Jesus Christ (whichever version you happen to believe in) ever walked the earth.
Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.
Even though I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember, I always assumed that a guy named Jesus existed around 0-30 AD in Judea. Of course I never believed that he was resurrected three days after his crucifixion or that he could perform miracles that contradicted the laws of nature. These are clearly just stories made up by those who wished to glorify Jesus. Still, I assumed that there was an actual person to begin with.
David Fitzgerald, through this this relatively short book, changed my mind. It covers an awful lot of material showing the reader that none of the arguments that Christians use to convince others that Jesus was a real person holds up to scrutiny. For example, not a single alleged eyewitness testimony of Jesus was written by an actual confirmed eyewitness. The, gospels were written long after Jesus died, perhaps by as much as a 100 years. Moreover, the writings about Jesus contradict each other, not just on minor details such as what day Jesus died or whether there was or was not a rock in front of his tomb after his resurrection, but also what type of character he was. Was he a humble drawn back son of a carpenter who tried to stay out of the limelight or did he walk around proclaiming to all that he was the son of God?
In addition, Fitzgerald gives many examples of things in the new testament that directly contradicts other more reliable and unbiased sources from the same time. For instance there were several trusted historians writing about events in Judea at the time of Jesus but none of them even mentions him even though according to the new testament he caused quite an uproar. Indeed, of the four gospels only Luke actually claims to be writing history. Astronomers also strangely failed to notice the three days of darkness that texts in the new testament claim happened.
For being such a short book, it is very forceful. I doubt that any readers who believe in Jesus will walk away from this book unaffected.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
Okay, the author did a pretty nice job of making his point regarding the non-historicality of Jesus—but why the limited point-of-view?
It's really interesting to learn about the lack of evidence for an historical Jesus. So far, so good. However—why confine that evidence inside the box of Christian myths? It seems that a reasonably comprehensive look at the topic would include not only the perspective of prevailing myths, yet also include a broader scope, based on all available historical evidence.
Perhaps the author is hoping to provide ammunition to those who chose to confront contemporary Christians with the lack of historical evidence of their savior.
Anyway, it's a wonderful bit of research, and a great listen. However—I'm left wanting more.
this book talk about is jesus real. iv wonder if the story we been told is the real story and the more i lean the more i want to learn this book fix in that same idea. it has some power inseit into the Jesus
Fantastic book aimed at the layman ... very easy to follow and a useful tool to understand the historicity of the man who never was...A must buy.
It was well laid out.
The invisible Jesus
Definately...hooked from the first few seconds
Well done David...you are a true scholar.
I new the Bible had contradictions and tripped all over itself but to have it all laid out blows your mind. How can anybody believe this stuff?
"What counts as evidence in the religious world?"
Yes I would - in fact I'm about to listen to it again. Having come from a religious background, I've always known that what purports to be evidence from that standpoint is often just faith promoting rumour. And that's all. It was nice to see these herded into a book that addresses the non existence of virtually everything in the New Testament.
There was no let up - I thought we would get a part that indicated that there was at least a little evidence, all be it suppositional or circumstantial, but no! No evidence at all. Nice work!
I have listened to another of David Fitzgerald's books not read by him, but the performance was of a similar nature. There are other reviews of this book that do not rate his performance of his own work, but I found this not to be the case. His presentation style was listenable, understandable and enjoyable. It helped that the content was good too.
I don't have the sort of time to listen to a whole book at once, but I would do with this if I had say a long journey to complete. It was easy to listen to.
Looking forward to more from this author.
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