Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All
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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 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.
David Fitzgerald is an atheist activist, historical researcher, writer and national public speaker. He was the co-founder & director of the world's first Atheist Film Festival and San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration, "Evolutionpalooza!"
Today he works for the Secular Student Alliance and co-runs The Godless Perverts Story Hour. He is also author of "NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All" and "The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion" series.
His 2010 book NAILED critically examines the historical evidence of Christ, and he is currently working on the follow-up book, Jesus: Mything in Action, which will take on the secular arguments for the Historic Jesus.
Christians, an uncomfortable fact that Augustine tried to explain away quite unconvincingly in his book City of God.6 Remarkably, Augustine’s quotation is all that survives from this particular book. It is very curious that it wasn't saved, since nearly everything else Seneca wrote was preserved. Christians should have loved a text that attacked Jews and pagans, especially by such an eminent pagan philosopher as Seneca. It is also the only Senecan text we would expect to mention Christianity, so
and sin-free Messiah in this Gospel. The ministry of John’s Jesus is in striking disagreement to the other Gospels, which say that it lasted only about a year, took place mainly in the Galilee, and that Jesus came to Jerusalem only once, at the very end of his life. In contrast, John stretches it out over three years and centers action mostly in Judea around Jerusalem, where he goes back and forth often.2 In the Synoptics, Jesus drives the moneychangers from the Temple at the very end of his
with one another. Nothing could be further from the truth – they were bitter political enemies. In reality, most everyone in Judea hated the High Priest, who was both a Sadducee (the Pharisee’s political opponents), and a puppet appointee working for the hated Romans. The Pharisees regarded the Temple priesthood as mere ceremonial functionaries doing the nation’s spiritual grunt work, keeping the sacrifices going and maintaining the Temple.5 Even in the best of times the Pharisees seemed to
spotted in the Jerusalem area, alive again – for forty days, if Luke is to be believed! In the real world, if a condemned criminal was discovered somehow alive again, the authorities would simply do a better job of making sure that he and all his accomplices were executed properly. And such an unprecedented roundup would have attracted considerable attention. Instead, we find that for the Roman authorities, the question of Jesus is nothing but some obscure Jewish religious dispute. And it’s not
Day celebration. He lives in San Francisco with writer, producer and movie actress Dana Fredsti. I welcome your comments, criticisms and especially corrections. William Strunk has a useful motto that has guided me well while writing this book: “Understanding is that penetrating quality of knowledge that grows from theory, practice, conviction, assertion, error, and humiliation.” -DF Contact me at: Everybodylovesdave@gmail.com www.davefitzgerald.blogspot.com ####