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David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All, nailed it with his book. He covered a vast amount of subjects to show how the Jesus in the Bible never existed.
Fitzgerald discussed in detail how there are no external contemporary accounts of Jesus and the supposed historical events in the Bible are either inaccurate or non-existent. He also showed how the Biblical accounts of Jesus do not corroborate and even contradict each other. Included in the book are the supposed events of Jesus’ death and resurrection, which are not found in any other source outside the Bible. He also made note that there are no eyewitness accounts of the story, by referring to various Christian historians. Most of the accounts are hearsay that probably would not be admissible in a court of law, of which he followed up with a timeline of supposed witnesses. None of which add up, especially after one sees the dates that the supposed witnesses lived and wrote.
Also covered in the book is quite a bit about Josephus, the infamous Testimonium Flavianum. Finally, Fitzgerald tied it all together with one last conclusion at the end. He does a marvelous job of taking us through history, or lack thereof, as he attempted to dispel various myths about Jesus.
Robert Price, Ph.D, author of Deconstructing Jesus and The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man stated, on the back of the book, “Fitzgerald summarizes a great number of key arguments concisely and with new power and original spin.”
Richard C Carrier, Ph.D., author of Not the Impossible Faith: Why Christianity Didn’t Need a Miracle to Succeed and On the History of Jesus, said, “When it comes to the ten modern myths about Jesus dissected here, Fitzgerald has hit the nail on the head.”
David Fitzgerald is a writer and historical researcher who actively investigated the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. His degree is in history. He was also an associate member of CSER (Committee of the Scientific Examination of Religion).
This is one of the many books, which put the final nails in the Jesus myth, and the arguments in this book are very well constructed and well researched. Whether you like Price, Carrier, or a mythist concerning Jesus, this is a great read.
Below is David Fitzgerald's talk about his book at this year's Skepticon 3. Great talk and he has a wonderful sense of humour.
Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery". She has two grown sons and raises cats. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
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