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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.

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

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Great primer for the Christ-Myth theory

A a novice on the CM theory, I found this book very accessible. He gets right to the point in layperson language. Definitely a good starting point. I have previously enjoyed books by Richard Carrier and Robert Price on the same topic but found much of the material sailing over my head without slow and careful reading and rereading.

Looking forward to his upcoming book "Jesus: Mything in Action" as well!

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great insight!

read several times. Each time I gained more insight. very logical, very informative takes a honest critical look into the historicity of biblical stories.

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Very compelling and evidence based.

David answered many of my dilemmas with Christianity and did it with referenced facts and organized into a coherent narrative.

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A solid primer on New Testament scholarship

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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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Do Everything you write in audible also!

Would you listen to Nailed again? Why?

I have several times already, YES.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David himself.

What about David Fitzgerald’s performance did you like?

His voice! His attitude, his humor, his knowledge

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The World is Screwed Because it's been Nailed

Any additional comments?

I hope he writes 100 more books, AND makes them ALL audible, I WANT MORE LIKE THIS!

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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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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.

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Enlightenment!!!

Love this book as it's an absolute must for all people who have interaction with Christianity. The truths expressed in this book about Jesus not actually existing is very accurate and I'm impressed at the complete unraveling of the myth of Jesus.

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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...

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Seems like a summary of Bart Erhmans books

This book was ok. but the author told nothing new on this subject. If you're interested in this subject, I suggest reading books by Bart Erhman or Robert M. Price instead of this book.

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  • Alex
  • 05-30-15

,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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  • David
  • 04-08-18

excellent support for the atheist

a superb analysis of the religious meme, Well presented and researched. a true gift to humanity.

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  • Miss V. Bakova
  • 07-17-17

An excellent book.

it is a very interesting book. the information was to the point. and the narrator is very good and engaging.

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  • Brandon
  • 06-03-15

New information.

Loved it. Truly a history that I was unaware of. I have listened to it five times now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-17

great reading

very interesting read which should provoke further reading on the subject. I look forward to hearing "Jesus,mything in action"

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  • Craig
  • 08-21-16

Compelling!

The author reviews much of the ancient literature as well as biblical scholarship. His case against the historicity of a man named Yeshua from Nazareth is argued quite convincingly. At the very least, his arguments ought to give any objective reader cause to question whether Jesus existed at all, let alone whether he was a super hero god-man. Not a good book for Christians who wish to remain Christian. Then again, if you are interested in honest scholarship of biblical texts and dogma, you would be remiss to ignore this book.

This audio version features the author. Unfortunately, I felt that he rushed his way through the reading. I suspect that this might be because his thoughts are fast-paced and he is extremely familiar with the content. I wanted to linger a moment on some of the ideas being expressed before moving on to the next idea. I think I will need to listen to the book again so I can follow the evidence and the arguments more closely.