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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,185 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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 imagina ...more
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Tim O'Neill
Jul 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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.


This book has strengths and weaknesses. It presents a bunch of factual arguments which aren't in dispute. I think pretty much all Christian scholars
Jim Whitefield
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have got to know David Fitzgerald a little as a friend and agreed to review his work. I had been looking for a one-stop review of the evidence concerning the very existence of Jesus Christ and have to say that this volume more than exceeded my expectations. Meticulously researched and developed over a ten year period, this book is the result of a huge amount of painstaking analysis. There is no argument not considered and no stone left unturned in an effort to discover any evidence that actual ...more
As other have said, the title overstates the case and some of the so called myths are only held by non scholars, but the book is an excellent summary of the mythicist argument that should leaves anyone who goes into it with an open mind, not already convinced that there must have been a historical Jesus, but that is not the case.
1) The idea that Jesus was a myth is ridiculous
This is a pretty brief introduction, though it briefly refutes the claim that there is more evidence for Jesus than Juliu
Jane Upshall
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Was surprised to find so many discrepancies in the Jesus story. Wow I need to research further.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religiony
I’m pretty much on board with Fitzgerald here. For me, whether or not Jesus ever existed; he has become a fictional figure. As artifacts the bible stories come too late, are too contradictory and outlandish to be taken as primary sources. Without any primary sources to establish as a baseline around where, when, and who Jesus may have been to compare with the latter biblical accounts - then I regard the texts as fiction. The real basis for Jesus may have existed, but for practical inquiry he’s b ...more
Michael Jr.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
NailedNailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All
By: David Fitzgerald

Paperback: 248 pages

ISBN-10: 0557709911

ISBN-13: 978-0557709915

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

I first heard about Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All while listening to The Dogma Debate. The Dogma Debate is an absolutely outstanding Spreaker internet radio show hosted by David Smalley, the author of Baptized Atheist (and his partners in crime Daniel Moran and Shayrah Akers). The show explore
C. Varn
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
While the title may slightly overstate the evidence, this is an excellent overview of the current state of problematic record for Jesus historicity. It being nearly impossible to prove a negative, I remain agnostic to a historical persona behind the gospels; however, Fitzgerald's--drawing on the arguments of Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty, and Robert Price--lays out the evidence based on the complete lack of non-problematic first century evidence. Furthermore, some of the issues in Paul are laid ...more
Eric Wojciechowski
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have always believed it possible that there was a man or men name Jesus in history. But was the Christian Jesus a real person?
David Fitzgerald attempts to answer this question in Nailed. Using historical evidence and the Bible to create a convincing argument that shows that the Christian Jesus was nothing more then a myth.
This book also discusses the rise and creation of Christianity. Along with the great lengths they went to prove that Jesus was a real person. It is a bit shocking how desp
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heads-up Christians you're going to hate this book. So just go ahead and skip it.

But I found it fascinating and quite compelling. I will probably end up reading it again. It contains a wealth of information that really gives you things to contemplate. I found it truly interesting. Your mileage may vary.
Brent Phillips
Sep 21, 2015 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. The problem is that Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed's flaws are extensive even before we ge ...more
Derrick Stormblessed
Jan 23, 2019 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. 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 sen ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: atheism-religion
Nailed: The Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All by David Fitzgerald

"Nailed: The Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All" is an interesting book that covers ten Christian myths regarding Jesus. 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
Dale Penn
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faithful Christians and avowed atheists alike may find this a worthy read.

Fitzgerald is scorned as a " myther" by many atheists and Christian fundamentalists alike as his simplistic accessible book "Nailed" does something scholars in the broader continuum of academia despise. He asks a simple question then sets about making the case to answer that question. On face value his case seems pretty strong.

I've read some scholarly rebuttals that are frankly too dense and arcane to convince me that Fitz
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I picked this up at Skepticon 3 after David Fitzgerald gave a really good lecture on the historical Jesus, which ended way too soon, which means I really have to read this book!

This was a brief overview of the historical (or lack thereof) evidence for an actual guy named Jesus. The title is a bit over the top, but I did enjoy reading the book. It was a bit too brief in my opinion, I've read other historians on this period that are much more thorough.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
I'm not a Christian. I've only read the so-called synoptic gospels. I have no expertise in this area, just some interest. The book seemed to be a well-argued and logical proposition, not some wacky tirade. I found the evidence presented fascinating, particularly the reminders to evaluate the bible keeping in mind when its parts were written and what the authors could have known about Jesus himself and what others had written about him (or, in the case of Paul, hadn't written about him yet).
Victor Manuel
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Good concise review of reasons for doubting Jesus historicity. But you will need to fill in any gaps with more scholarly books. The books reads easily in 1-2 days
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
This book argues that Jesus Christ is a myth. I think it's safe to say that most readers, Christians and non-Christians alike, are going to be skeptical of this claim. However, it makes a pretty persuasive case. There's no "smoking gun," but it was persuasive enough that it forced me to look twice at the history of Christianity. Some of what he presented was so surprising that I had to confirm his sources, and the facts checked out every time.

Actually, this book never argues that Jesus didn't ex
Alan Fusco
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what to make of the "Jesus never existed" position. It seems extreme but Fitzgerald presents a lot of points to ponder, the strongest being the utter lack of any contemporary reference to Jesus. If indeed the Gospels reflect actual history (hint - they don't), the silence of all contemporary historians and the lack of any eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus is deafening. I wish the text of the book was more detailed. As it is, it is more of a summary account with most of the me ...more
William Nist
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good summary of the case for the non existence of Jesus Christ. The book is broken down into to easily digestible chapters. I found the chapter on the lack of extra-biblical sources very compelling--the most significant event arguably in western history was somehow missed by the other historians who were writing AT THE TIME or shortly thereafter.

I have read the monumental 'Historicity of Jesus' by Carrier and this is a real shortcut to grasping the content of that important academic b
Paul Mannering
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With reference to a wide range of scholarly sources and the books of the bible itself (even the ones that didn't make it to the current edit) Fitzgerald analyses 10 key claims of Christianity for the existence of Jesus as a person.

Obviously the evidence for his existence is lacking and the arguments against him ever being a real person are many and well documented from both contemporary and later sources. I found it fascinating that even the authors of the new testament and founders of the earl
Cradg001 Craig
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read a few books regarding the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth and this book is one of the best. It explains its claims using easily verifiable evidence. Whilst I was already convinced of the Christ myth theory, this book's chapters covered more than simply that: geological errors of the bible, the inconsistencies between the gospels etc that really drove the nail into the coffin of Christian religions for me. Excellent read.
Richard Thomas
This is a thought provoking book which challenges all that I absorbed when much younger from religious education at school and in my church attending years. It is well researched and sourced and demonstrates to my satisfaction at least that the early church invented the central figure of Christianity. It all comes down to what Clement Attlee said - don't mind the ethics can't abide the mumbo jumbo.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
More people need to read this. Most people would never question that Jesus existed, even those who are atheist. This book presents apparently well researched evidence that Jesus is a myth. Bravo to the author for the balls and the research. Religious balderdash needs this type of cannonball right through their lies and delusion, shake em to their rotten core, I say.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, excellent book. Funny, witty, interesting, and extremely accurate from what I've been able to research. If you are remotely interested in an honest take on history or if you have an interest in religion, you will like this book.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A clear dissection of the myths surrounding Jesus, well researched and very entertaining.
Ashish Samuel
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Even the most fundamentalist of the apologists manage to sound more level headed than this tirade. More than the flimsiness of the arguments, it's the intellectual dishonesty that put me off. In hindsight, the title that doesn't add up (ten myths show Jesus exists or not?) should have been an indication that it's a half baked conspiracy theory.

David Fitzgerald enumerates ten myths though it can be reduced to much fewer. The first one is that the idea that historical Jesus didn't exist is not bat
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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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