My first book–which takes on Christian apologists like William Lane Craig on the resurrection–available for free

At long last, and thanks to some great help from Jeff Cogswell, the ebook version of my first book–complete with a new preface–is now ready as a PDF. The book is called UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus, and I’m letting anyone download for free as an ebook.

I’m doing this for two reasons. One is moral: I’ve personally benefited immensely from the huge amount of information other people have made available online, and I feel obligated to pay that back. This is my way of doing that. But the other is that, as Cory Doctorow has argued at length, I’m convinced that it makes good business sense.

Think of this as a pay what you want system, but one where if you want to pay $0, that’s OK and you won’t even have to jump through any hoops to do that. I’m hoping you’ll donate whatever the book is worth to you, whether that’s $1, $5, $20, or more (if you really want to support my writings). But I’ll also be happy if all you do is read it, enjoy it, and tell your friends about it.

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Here’s what other people have said about UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God:

“A must-read study of the rise of myths, miracles, and legends, exposing the bulwark of fallacies on which Christian apologetics is now built.”

Richard Carrier, historian

“Very well researched and written. The arguments are very strong. And entertaining, I should add… No doubt many Biblical scholars would consider a close look at claims about ghosts and UFOs to be beneath them; but, actually, these are precisely the sort of claims they need to know more about if they are to have a genuinely balanced view of the historical evidence for the resurrection.”

Stephen Law, senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of London

“This is the most focused and definitive book that you’ll find putting the detailed case against Jesus’ resurrection.”

Russell Blackford, philosopher

“A nice compendium of skeptical responses to Christian historical apologetics.”

Victor Reppert, Christian philosopher and apologist

“A really fun read for anyone who has been exposed to the tactics of Christian apologists.”

Luke Muehlhauser, Common Sense Atheism

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This book was originally published a small imprint that has since closed up shop, meaning that new print copies are longer available. Again, I’d like to give a huge thanks to Jeff Cogswell, my editor for the original print edition, without whom this book would have never been published.

You can find the Amazon page for the print edition here. If you’re very lucky, one of the used copies there might actually be reasonably priced! If enough people express interest, I may put out a print on demand version in the future.

If anyone knows their way around file format conversions and you’re willing to help me make this book available in e-reader friendly formats (particularly EPUB and MOBI), send me an e-mail (Google username challquist) or get in touch with me on Facebook. I may attempt to do that myself at some point, but my first efforts in that area did not turn out well, hence asking for help.

  • andyman409

    If you don’t mind, I’m gonna share it with the members of my freethought group on Easter. Thanks!

    • Chris Hallquist


    • Chris Hallquist

      (And thank you for committing to spreading the word!)

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  • ACN


    After skimming the download, I think I can give at least $5 to support your future writing!

    • Chris Hallquist


  • The Other Weirdo

    Just downloaded, thank you. One thing(so far):

    want nothing to with apologists

    This is on page #19, 2nd paragraph. The word “do” is missing between “to” and “with”.

    Also, a properly typeset book, with a high-quality fonts, small caps and ligatures. Oooooooohhh… :)

    • Chris Hallquist

      Gah! And I had hired a professional and everything…

      Luckily little things like that are easy to fix in Adobe Acrobat. An there shouldn’t be many more like that… unless my proofreader really screwed up.

      • The Other Weirdo

        By the way, something major I just noticed in Introduction, pages 15 through 19. The right-hand pages(those that odd-numbered) don’t have the right chapter title in the header. They’re using Chapter 1′s heading, not their own.

      • The Other Weirdo

        “machine gunning” on page #18 should be “machine-gunning”

      • The Other Weirdo

        On page #23:

        priests who gathered to perform their rights felt a quake

        Did you mean, ‘rites’?

        • Chris Hallquist

          Dammit… what happened…

      • The Other Weirdo

        Page #28 doesn’t even have a header, and page #29-33 of Chapter #1 uses Chapter #2′s page header.

    • The Other Weirdo

      You have serious problems with pagination. Many pages don’t have any page headers, and pages close to the end of a chapter appear to taken on the page heading of the next chapter, as happens again on pages 47 and 49. Also, if you look at any book on your shelf, first pages of any chapter don’t have a page header. Instead, they use a simple page footing with the current page # centered in the margins.

  • Dan

    Thanks for all the hard work and writing I will promote on my Facebook.

  • ACN

    Hi Chris,
    I may just be being a goofball, but it looks like neither of the donate links take me anywhere but to the paypal main page, and if I log-in, they only take me to my own account. It might be a good idea to either include in the post a paypal account/email address for us to send money to, or to change the link so it goes straight to a donate option thing.

    • Chris Hallquist

      Thank you for alerting me to this. I’ll try to diagnose the source of the problem, for now I’ve edited the post to add my Google ID.

  • Chris Hallquist

    Okay, donate buttons working now. Typos in book to be fixed later.

  • Kevin

    Download link is not working.

    • Chris Hallquist

      Weird. Think it’s fixed now.

  • Dan

    One minor criticism. On pg. 46, although you accurately say that Carl Sagan popularised the phrase “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”, you seem to imply that he also came up with the maxim. Technically, he re-worded Marcello Truzzi’s “Extrodinary claims require extraordinary proof”.

    • Chris Hallquist

      Yeah – I’m trying to minimize revisions I make to the body text, so while I may correct typos at some point, I won’t be doing anything about things that are merely unclear.

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