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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All | [David Fitzgerald]

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

Nailed sheds light on ten 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.
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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.

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.

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©2010 David Fitzgerald (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC

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    Michael D. Phillips Greenville, SC United States 08-02-15
    Michael D. Phillips Greenville, SC United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting"

    This is a well researched, technical look into scripture. I recommend it to all skeptics.

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    Randall Evansville, IN, United States 07-01-15
    Randall Evansville, IN, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Cliff notes version of the historicity of Jesus"

    Loved this. Easy listen, quick, succint, to the point. Lays out the case simply in a matter of fact way.

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    Albert Hawthorne, CA 06-25-15
    Albert Hawthorne, CA 06-25-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Good content, bad narration."

    The author needs to understand his own limitations.
    His speech is often muddled and garbled and he occasionally mispronounces and even MISREADS his own words!
    Also, the editing and sound quality is terrible.

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    Bitfiddler 06-18-15
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    Well organized, well researched. Other than a couple of spots with repeated dialog, flawless performance.

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    Felicia Jordan Colorado 06-18-15
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    "A solid primer on New Testament scholarship"

    3.5 stars

    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 Sea of Galilee does not exist. 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.

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    cherie 06-06-15
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    I enjoyed the book a great deal. It is helpful to have so many sources pulled all together in one place.

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    Sandith 06-06-15
    Sandith 06-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb book"

    Cleared lot of misconceptions. Also got an idea of myth making and early signs of appropriation which Christian religion is famous for. Look forward to other books. It must be read by all believers and non-believers alike.

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    Lis USA 05-30-15
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    "Definitely changed my thoughts on Christianity!"
    What made the experience of listening to Nailed the most enjoyable?

    The book really made me think. Although I am an atheist, I never gave much consideration that there may have never even been a historical Jesus. Mind = blown!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The numerous historical resources consulted


    What about David Fitzgerald’s performance did you like?

    He has a very calm, rational-sounding voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! I wanted to listen to a few sections, then turn it off so I could think and digest.


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    Neuron Sweden 12-05-14
    Neuron Sweden 12-05-14 Member Since 2015

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.

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    "I Lost my faith in Jesus"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 11-09-13
    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 11-09-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "If only I was willing to make my grandma cry..."
    What did you love best about Nailed?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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?


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    ",excellent narration, debatable theory."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, depends on whether they are interested in religion, and in debating what a controversial theory, that at times verges on the conspiracy ideas of holy blood.


    What could David Fitzgerald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    his narration was excellent, but many of his points seem to be addressing the miraculous Jesus of the religion, not whether there was a historical Jesus.


    Do you think Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, to address issues, and respond to criticisms.


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