Yesterday afternoon I finished reading David Fitzgerald’s excellent book, Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All.
I have seen a few YouTube clips of Fitzgerald speaking – his appearance on The Atheist Experience is especially good. Wait for the caller who tries to challenge his thesis…
He often has a humourous way of engaging with his audiences. It makes you want to listen to what he has to say. But he is also extremely knowledgeable on the mythicist side of Jesus’ existence. Don’t think you can throw some basic apologist fluff at him like Flavius Josephus; because Fitzgerald will blow that argument away instantly.
Personally, I am still waffling slightly between mythicism and historicism. While I really like Bart Ehrman’s writing, I was less than impressed with his Did Jesus Exist? I felt that Ehrman fell uncharacteristically short with his argument. But not so much with Fitzgerald. He makes a series of clear cases that easily raise sensible doubt as to whether dude named Jesus was stomping around early first century Palestine raising the dead and coming back to life himself.
Fitzgerald has spent the years since Nailed was published doing additional research. This has produced three more books and with Nailed as the first, the series is now called “Mything In Action.” The three new books cover the idea that there was even a regular human that inspired the Jesus fable.
So when I finish those books, maybe I will no longer remain on the fence regarding the Jesus stories that I grew up with.