Your mileage may vary. Dec 26, Jane Upshall rated it it was amazing.
Was surprised to find so many discrepancies in the Jesus story. Wow I need to research further.
Sep 21, Brent Phillips rated it did not like it. I may as well be upfront, as probably expected I don't think this is a good book. Had I not been personally asked to read and review this book, I'd have given up somewhere between chapters 2 or 3. I realize however, that a negative review from a Christian is easily dismissed as the conclusion of a closed mind unwilling to entertain or give credit to the arguments being presented.
Nailed is written as a deconstruction of ten Christian beliefs that in truth are nothing more than myth. Two of the myths, Myth No. Other Myths, such as Myth No. That isn't to say these myths aren't sincere beliefs held among the fringe of Christianity, but Nailed doesn't claim to be a rebuttal of fringe fundamentalism but rather Christianity as a whole. In the opening chapter Fitzgerald declares his purpose is to highlight "evidence gathered from historians all across the theological spectrum" yet the vast majority of the book's content comes from quoting arguments from just three noted Jesus Mythicists: Richard Carrier, Robert M.
Price and Earl Doherty.
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Carrier for instance is called upon more times than there are chapters 21 mentions in all and is surely deserving of a co-author credit. Yet even when Fitzgerald isn't directly quoting or referring to them and appears to be making his own arguments we often find him to be simply paraphrasing from those exact same sources. For instance in a chapter discussing the growth of early Christianity in Not the Impossible Faith, Richard Carrier introduces the work of Keith Hopkins in this manner emphasis mine : A more thorough survey of the evidence and scholarship pertaining to Christian numbers was provided in a landmark paper by Keith Hopkins.
Fitzgerald, having just quoted from a later portion of that very same chapter of Carrier's Not the Impossible Faith, then introduces Keith Hopkins by saying again emphasis added : Keith Hopkins surveyed the evidence and scholarship on early Christian populations in a landmark paper Such instances are unlikely to be the result of coincidence and this kind of plagiarism is rampant throughout Nailed.
While I'm sure these are merely sins of omission rather than intended malice, it creates massive confusion and doubt as to what specifically is authored by Fitzgerald himself. On the occasions when Fitzgerald does appeal to sources other than Carrier, Price and Doherty, there are still issues. For example in Myth No. However in the previous chapter, devoted entirely to Mason's area of specialty, namely Josephus, he is not mentioned at all.
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The likely reason is because Mason argues strongly against Fitzgerald's conclusion that the Testimonium Flavianum is entirely forged saying: one is hard pressed to find a single example of serious scribal alteration. To have created the testimonium out of whole cloth would be an act of unparalleled scribal audacity - Mason, Steve. Josephus and the New Testament. Readers of Nailed would be entirely oblivious to the fact Fitzgerald disagrees on Josephus even with those he himself considers respectable scholars on the issue.
There are also numerous errors and issues with Fitzgerald's citations that show they were never fact-checked before being included such as when in Myth No. This quote is nowhere to be found in the cited work, Fitzgerald is actually mis quoting via an intermediate source, which unhelpfully he doesn't cite or footnote.
There are also quotes where basic factual details are wrong and never corrected, such as in Myth No. As Dennis R. How are we to have any confidence in either's familiarity with the story when they don't remember one of the main characters in it? Such mistakes are common throughout Nailed and tracking them down is made all the more frustrating by Fitzgerald's lackadaisical attitude to citing quoted works.
It is often difficult to discover if these are Fitzgerald's errors or someone else's. Finally another issue is Fitzgerald's arbitrary criteria for whom he considers a respectable scholar. Fitzgerald dismisses the examination of the Gospels and conclusions of highly respected secular ancient historian Michael Grant Litt. In closing, the most charitable thing that can be said about Nailed is that it highlights the need for a solid and critical editorial process.
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The only thing left is for me to hunt down the person who challenged me to read this and beg their forgiveness. I've no idea what I did to them to deserve such cruel and unusual punishment, but it must have been something awful because they clearly hate me. View 2 comments. Jan 23, Derrick Witness rated it really liked it.
David Fitzgerald is either not really a brilliant writer or he has dumbed down his book to make it readable to the masses who are allergic to reading. Don't get me wrong. I think this book has a lot of positive things about it. But the writing is amateurish.
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It reminds me of the teenage boy who throws tantrums while rebelling against the status quo. Fitzgerald doesn't try to sugarcoat his distrust and distaste for Christianity which turns out to be both positive and negative. Positive in the David Fitzgerald is either not really a brilliant writer or he has dumbed down his book to make it readable to the masses who are allergic to reading. Positive in the sense that he doesn't take anything historical at face value.
Negative because as the book unfolds and you begin to see his arguments he begins to seem more illogical and more close minded. He doesn't even try to hide the fact that he's got a biased take on the research done on Christian mythology.
He seems to be using research done by other respected people in the historical Jesus field like Richard Carrier, Robert Price and Bart Erhmann but doesn't tackle opposing viewpoints from other scholars for me to think he has an airtight argument. But anyway that's just my silly opinion.
I'm not a religious scholar. I don't believe there was a historical Jesus but I would not say this book has added anything new or fresh to what I've read from the other scholars I've mentioned above. It doesn't lay out all the talking points but at least it's a small brief read for those who don't want to read mundane long books on the historicity of Jesus. The writing is so simple that even a 7year old could read it without getting overwhelmed.
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It could make a good intro to the Jesus myth hypothesis but not the best if you want to know about the overall arguments. Sep 30, Malum rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality-religion , non-fiction.
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It's always entertaining to look through the Goodreads reviews of books of religious criticism and find the one star reviews, which are usually people that seem upset that anyone dare question their religion rather than actually and honestly reviewing the book. Why bother reading something that you know you are going to hate? So, anyway, Fitzgerald gives us ten myths that show that Jesus never existed.
A lot of these I have heard before, but Fitzgerald delves pretty deep into them and gives us a It's always entertaining to look through the Goodreads reviews of books of religious criticism and find the one star reviews, which are usually people that seem upset that anyone dare question their religion rather than actually and honestly reviewing the book.
A lot of these I have heard before, but Fitzgerald delves pretty deep into them and gives us a lot of background and references on them. The main thing I took away from this isn't that Jesus never existed, but that the sources of the words, sayings, actions, and history of the figure are so unreliable that any source of information about him can't really be taken seriously, whether he existed or not let alone devote your entire life to them.
I was going to go with four stars, but the book does exactly what it says on the cover, so I don't really have any arguments against it. Jun 25, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: atheism-religion. Each chapter covers a myth. David Fitzgerald provides some food for thought and compelling arguments that support the position that Jesus Christ was invented driven by hope and imagination.
He completes his thesis with how different things would be if there had been a historical Jesus. Writer and historical researcher, David Fitzgerald's admirable research leads to a brief reference-quality book regarding the historicity of Jesus Christ. This page book is composed of the following ten chapters: 1.
The idea that Jesus was a myth is ridiculous! Jesus was wildly famous - but Ancient historian Josephus wrote about Jesus, 4. Eyewitnesses wrote the Gospels, 5. The Gospels give a consistent picture of Jesus, 6. History conforms the Gospels, 7. Archeology conforms the Gospels, 8. Paul and the Epistles corroborate the Gospels, 9.
Christianity began with Jesus and his apostles, and Christianity was totally new and different. Positives: 1. A well written, well researched book 2. An accessible book for the masses. A fascinating look at the historicity of Jesus Christ. Thought-provoking theories with sound arguments in defense. Good quotes interspersed throughout book. Tackles ten Christian myths regarding Jesus Christ head on. Provides further reading material at the end of each chapter. Gospel events that should have made history but surprisingly didn't.
Quite eye opening. Very helpful timeline and diagram of supposed eyewitnesses to Jesus. Great stuff! A look at the forgeries and how we can reasonably conclude there were in fact forgeries. A thorough look at ancient historian Josephus. When were the Gospels written?