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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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

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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?


    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 10-14-13
    Mark 10-14-13
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    "better on paper than audio"
    Where does Nailed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Fitzgerald?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    william Aberdeen, United Kingdom 10-10-13
    william Aberdeen, United Kingdom 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fitzgearld NAILS it!"
    Would you listen to Nailed again? Why?

    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.

    Aberdeen Atheists


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well laid out.


    Which character – as performed by David Fitzgerald – was your favorite?

    The invisible Jesus


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

    Definately...hooked from the first few seconds


    Any additional comments?

    Well done David...you are a true scholar.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    k.chambers 03-23-15
    k.chambers 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done."

    I now have more information to debate with others about and even more reasons to be a skeptic. I enjoyed this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 03-15-15
    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2011

    Karen of Northern Michigan

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    "Something to think about..."

    I am a person who constantly seeks truth and meaning to our lives.. I was brought up going to church and eventually, as an adult, attended an evangelistic church for a year.. I thought this church would help me find answers I could not figure out.. It didn't, but rather, added to my questions about all I'd been taught. So much of it just didn't make sense, and having people say things like "you just have to have faith", is not an answer anyone who truly wants to find answers can just blindly accept.. This book answers a lot of questions I've had, or rather, brings up the questions I've had and states why they make no sense and why they could not have happened the way we have been told, or the way the bible has been interpreted... It's full of historical documentation and facts that really just can't be refuted, that is, if you are open to the truth...
    Not to put words in the authors mouth, but I ended with the impression that he is an atheist who does not believe in any kind of God.. I, however, do believe there is a creator, God, the power, the source, whatever one chooses to call it, and I do believe there is a spiritual world.. I don't believe we are here, and then just gone.. So it isn't that I'm blindly believing everything this man says, but quite honestly, the points he makes about Jesus and how Christianity began can't be ignored...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DON JUNGQUIST 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    This is an amazing book! It is very succinct, yet it is packed full of interesting facts and observations. It is WELL worth the time and money. Absolutely facsinating.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan K. Hoopes 02-05-15

    Pytry

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    "Great for Door Bashers"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frederic Gagnon 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reasonable Doubt"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tony 01-23-15
    tony 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "mythicism at its best."

    Second time listening to this audiobook, so much information I ended up purchasing the hardback book so I can highlight and take margin notes. Enlightening!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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