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Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I (The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book 2)

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David Fitzgerald’s award-winning 2010 book Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All pointed out the top ten fatal flaws of Christianity’s origin story. Now, Jesus: Mything in Action presents the most compelling new findings in Jesus Myth theory and critically examines its controversial reception by biblical scholars, the extent and r
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Pretty much contests the case for a historical Jesus. This is a debate that primarily concerns Atheists and the outcome of this debate makes little difference in an atheist's cosmology. It, however, is dynamite for the Christian worldview if true. The idea that there wasn't even a historical Jesus is just too much even for the most liberal Christian. This book lays out the basic argument along with Fitzgerald's other book Nailed. Carrier lays out the scholarly argument and is more careful academ ...more
Jim Knight
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like an addict, I keep going back to this topic. I still find it utterly astounding how little evidence there is for the historical Jesus. Shocking I know. If you are happy in your faith or not confident it can withstand scrutiny, don’t read any of David Fitzgerald's books on the subject. Too risky.

I lost my faith in the Bible and Yahweh but still assumed there was a religious guy named Jesus walking around in the first century. But then I read David Fitzgerald’s first book on this subject: “Nai
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Craig Cowled
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This first volume of David Fitzgerald's "Mything in Action" is quite an eye opener. The author draws on the trail-blazing research of a growing cohort of Jesus scholars along with some of his own original research on the historicity of Jesus. He builds the argument that there never was a real person called Jesus. His argument is rational, solidly supported, and well written. Highly recommended!
Arensb
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
Fitzgerald is not a Bible scholar, so take this book with a grain (but only a grain) of salt, the same way you'd read a science book written by someone who's a science popularizer rather than a scientist.
Although the view he presents, that Jesus Christ is entirely mythical, is far from mainstream, it seems defensible.
For one thing, as he takes pains to explain, entire field of Bible studies tends to attract people who already believe that Jesus is real, and is thus biased in that direction. But
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Steve
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Brilliant exploration of the arguments for understanding the New Testament gospels as non-historical works by anonymous authors. Clearly articulated and compelling evidence provided. Quite a few spelling errors which I hope will be fixed in future additions, but the quality of the argument is what matters. If you're interested in the mythicist perspective then this is a must read.
James
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Scott Holstad
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Excellent book! Packed with stats, historical evidence, and basic common sense to show how absurd it is to think the "gospels" have anything remotely true in them, especially in light of the fact that no one knows who the real authors were, they were written between 35 - nearly 100 years after his death, the authors wrote the books in a totally different language with limited understanding of the language used by Jesus and his followers, and these were obviously educated authors, unlike anyone w ...more
BethK
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism, nonfiction
This book offers good evidence that much of the New Testament is based on older writings, of other people, casting more doubt on there ever having been an historical Jesus. Rather, there were a number of actual and mythical people the story was blamed upon.

The author gives a great deal of scholarly credence, with evidence, that many of the canonical gospel was forged much later than believed - some even into the third century. Oddly, some of these forgeries contain warnings to look out for forge
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Jeff Powers
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fantastic book. The final nail in the coffin, or cross as it were, pulling apart the gospels and early drafts of Christian scripture to show that there is no viable proof of a historical Jesus. Well worth the effort to find a copy and read it. If you are atheist, agnostic, grew up in the tradition or not, this will make rethink the religion that sits at the center of western culture.
Alfred St
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating

This book is one that every free thinking person should read. It's packed with relevant information regarding many biblical events and most certainly puts the life of Jesus in the fictional category. I personally found it difficult to put down.
Jim
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty good read detailing specific scripture verses and the improbability of the verses. Mr Fitzgerald also ties New Testament verses with Old Testament counterparts to show the blatant plagiarism in the Bible. I would have given him 5 stars if he would have refrained from political snark.
Eric
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Fitzgerald's previous book "Nailed" and Mything in Action expands on the research presented in that. Vol I dives into the overall reasons why/how the Jesus story appears to be all mythology without a real historical person at the center.

I'm looking forward to reading Volumes 2 and 3.
Alan
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Certainly things to consider.
Ailith Twinning
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2019
Meh, 6 paragraphs into a response and I got bored trying to hack thru the linguistic minefield of this topic. My thoughts on the matter are irrelevant so let's just blurb the book.

Amusing book, give it a listen (go for the audiobook).

Also: Mildly annoyed it got split into three books.
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David Fitzgerald is a writer and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years.

He lectures around the country at universities and national secular events and is best known for his book NAILED and THE COMPLETE HERETIC'S GUIDE TO WESTERN RELIGION series.

He is also the co-author of the science fiction trilogy TIME SHARDS with his wife, Dan
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“But unlike the apologists who struggle to make historical sense of Mark’s scenario, we really don’t need to waste much speculation trying to solve these difficulties – since there’s a bigger problem with the entire set-up. Perhaps the single biggest historical difficulty with the customary releasing of a prisoner at Passover (Mark 15:6) … is that we have no corroborating evidence whatsoever that this “custom” ever existed. Neither the Jews, the Romans nor Pilate himself ever had a custom of freeing prisoners on Passover (or any other day), not that an occupational governor would ever have offered to release a convicted murderer and anti-Roman insurrectionist even if that were the case. Christians have spent years scouring Roman and Jewish records in search of supporting evidence to justify the historical veracity of this so-called Privilegium Paschale, to no avail (see Nailed, pp. 97-99).” 2 likes
“When people succumb to that temptation of ignoring challenges to their faith, they are in the end demonstrating that they are more committed to the feeling of having a lock on truth than they are to truth itself.”[41]” 2 likes
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