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FREE DOWNLOAD Ñ Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All Î 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 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 I used to think that there was a historical Jesus behind the figure represented in the New Testament However, that Jesus had long since been lost in history because no one cared to preserve anything It seemed that a very ordinary apocalyptic preacher many roamed around that region in those days had undergone a euhemerism That is, until I discovered the works of Richard Carrier.After reading Richard Carrier s, On The Historicity of Jesus , and after reviewing several of his lectures and pre I used to think that there was a historical Jesus behind the figure represented in the New Testament However, that Jesus had long since been lost in history because no one cared to preserve anything It seemed that a very ordinary apocalyptic preacher many roamed around that region in those days had undergone a euhemerism That is, until I discovered the works of Richard Carrier.After reading Richard Carrier s, On The Historicity of Jesus , and after reviewing several of his lectures and presentations preserved on YouTube, I became convinced there s not even a historical figure behind the myth Jesus, it seems, is just as unreal as Osiris, Hercules, Perseus, etc But Carrier s Historicity is rather large About 900 pages or so, Nook edition It s not a volume I d expect to hand to a historicist or devout Christian and expect them to dedicate the time necessary to evaluate the material, especially if they re casual readers That s where David Fitzgerald s, Nailed comes in Nailed is a rapid fire, simple to understand, why we must now conclude there was no historical Jesus tour de force I read it in only a few hours It makes most of the same points as Carrier s work and cites Carrier quite a lot But it also cites many other professionals in New Testament studies as well Nailed dwells on the ten biggest reasons why Jesus never existed These ten make up a compelling case for non historicity It s a short and quick read and I d recommend anyone interested in New Testament studies take a look This is one of a number of self published books along these lines that have appeared in recent years and one of several that has been written by a hobbyist who is also an atheist activist While the idea that Jesus may not have existed is a perfectly valid one, there is a reason this position does not have any serious academic traction it is very difficult to sustain without resorting to a lot of supposition and some highly contrived arguments Unfortunately this writer s anti religious agenda This is one of a number of self published books along these lines that have appeared in recent years and one of several that has been written by a hobbyist who is also an atheist activist While the idea that Jesus may not have existed is a perfectly valid one, there is a reason this position does not have any serious academic traction it is very difficult to sustain without resorting to a lot of supposition and some highly contrived arguments Unfortunately this writer s anti religious agenda gets in the way of his objectivity, and I m saying that as an atheist myself The result is a work of clumsy amateurish polemic where the author s rhetoric far outruns his argument or even his grasp of the relevant material This book is a object lesson in the dangers of starting with an ideologically based conclusion and working backwards to your argument Fitzgerald tries to argue that no historical Jesus existed, but most of the book consists of arguing against the Jesus of the gospels, as though the two are necessarily the same thing This means that many of his arguments may give some pause to Biblical literalists and fundamentalists, but anyone with a grasp of modern historical Jesus studies will be struck most by Fitzgerald s ignorance of the field and the naivet of his ideas about who or what the historical Jesus probably was Arguing that the gospels aren t eye witness accounts or that they contain historical errors might work as arguments against a fundamentalist Christian conception of Jesus to an extent anyway , but leaves the Jesus of critical scholars entirely unscathed Vast swathes of the gospels can potentially be shown to be utterly false, but this does nothing to show that there wasn t a historical Jewish preacher as the ultimate point of origin for the later stories But Fitzgerald seems totally unaware of the work putting Jesus back into his Jewish context done by scholars like Ehrman, Fredriksen, Vermes, Sanders, Allison, Casey, Ludemann and many others, most of whom are not Christians He does not seem to understand, therefore, that disproving the Jesus of a face vaulue reading of the gospels doesn t constitute disproving a historical Jesus The Jesus of the scholars noted above does not depend on the gospel accounts being substantially true at all Over and over again Fitzgerald seems think that he is on the side of critics who dispute Christian claims who are battling against Christian apologists He doesn t mention and seems totally ignorant of the leading, non Christian scholars who definitely dispute Christian claims far better than he does, in fact but fully accept the existence of a Jewish preacher called Jesus As I reads this book I began to suspect that Fitzgerald s main source of information has been other atheist amateur hobbyists and activists, most of whom also dispute the existence of any historical Jesus In fact, it reads very much like the work of a Creationist whose only exposure to evolutionary biology is second hand, via the works of other Creationists This could explain some of the blunders and weird omissions in the book For example, while discussing the reference to Jesus in Josephus Antiquities XVIII.3.4 he dismisses the idea that most of the passage is original to Josephus and was simply added to by Christians as a hopeful theory by wishful apologists In fact, it is the majority consensus of most modern scholars I m sure eminent non Christian scholars like Bart Ehrman and Geza Vermes would be amused at being described as wishful apologists by this amateur hobbyist Not surprisingly, he seems to have no knowledge of the Arabic and Syriac paraphrases of this Josephean passage, which provide strong evidence that it is original to Josephus and not a wholesale interpolation Similarly, he makes a totally erroneous statement about Origen taking Josephus to task for failing to mention Jesus in his book , while citing a reference to Origen where Origen actually quotes Josephus mentioning Jesus And he is oblivious to the fact that this is one of three places where Origen directly quotes Josephus reference to Jesus This in turn undermines his claim that this reference by Josephus, in Antiquities XX.9.1, contains a Christian interpolation, since the supposedly interpolated words are found in all three references by Origen, who wrote too early for this to be an interpolation by Christian scribes Fitzgerald s book is highly confused He seems to be trying hard to undermine fundamentalist Christianity but leaves ascholarly and nuanced non Christian conception of the historial Jesus unscathed His grasp of the material is shaky and some of his blunders with the Greek are simply funny This book is one reason why self published works by amateurs need to be treated with care, especially when they have an axe to grind For adetailed version of this review see my full analysis and critique at Armarium Magnum Nailed Ten Christian Myths NAILED takes a serious look at the inconsistencies and problems with the Jesus myth, offering a rational take on it all while delving into the actual history behind current beliefs This book is a must read for skeptics and non skeptics alike. One of the most fundamental weaknesses of Christianity is that many, perhaps most Christians are afraid to hold up their faith to the same level of scrutiny as they would to buying a new fridge It makes it difficult to review a book like this because from the outset the discussion is antagonistic It s not my intent to offend, only to review SoThis book has strengths and weaknesses It presents a bunch of factual arguments which aren t in dispute I think pretty much all Christian scholars One of the most fundamental weaknesses of Christianity is that many, perhaps most Christians are afraid to hold up their faith to the same level of scrutiny as they would to buying a new fridge It makes it difficult to review a book like this because from the outset the discussion is antagonistic It s not my intent to offend, only to review SoThis book has strengths and weaknesses It presents a bunch of factual arguments which aren t in dispute I think pretty much all Christian scholars and perhaps most Christians accept that the Book of Mark was written anywhere from 30 100 years after the the events described, and Matthew, Luke and John followed Most people now accept that references to Jesus attributed to Flavius Josephus were added later and not by Josephus There is nothing wrong with his arguments I guess the problem with this book is it s preaching to the converted Christians won t read it or they ll rate it 1 Star Atheists will read it and think it s the greatest thing since sliced bread And that s why I don t think this is a particularly great book It really needs to communicate with Christians to be of value and I don t think it does So 3 Stars