David Fitzgerald on the WWJTD podcast tonight.

Steven, Christina, and I will be doing the podcast live tonight at or around 8pm EST (I’ll post the link as soon as I’m done doing pre-Friendsmas dinner with the extended family).  Our guest will be David Fitzgerald, author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All.  He’s also a popular speaker who tours the country talking about the historicity of Jesus.  He’s on the verge of releasing his first in a series of books delving into the sordid history of various religious faiths, which will deal with the Mormons.

Fill the comments with news stories you’d like us to discuss or questions for Dave.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://peternothnagle.com Peter N

    David Fitzgerald’s writings have been a real eye-opener for me. I hadn’t realized how thin the evidence is for a living, breathing Jesus of Nazareth. It’s essentially non-existent! And yet this knowledge is easy to find — it’s even fairly honestly stated in the Preface to most editions of the Bible. It’s just that as a society, we have all, even many atheists, bought into the idea that the Jesus story must somehow be based on a real person.

    I think that sowing doubt about the historicity of Jesus strikes a serious blow to Christianity (not to mention Islam). So how do we get the word out?

    Here’s something else you might like to talk about… In this age of cheap and abundant information, do we need a Ph.D to reach Ph.D-level understanding of a given topic? A self-taught “expert” hasn’t gone through the gantlet of the higher education process — is that a bad thing or a good thing? Obviously, one can go off the rails without the guidance of established scholars. But we also have plenty of examples of the latter who are crackpots, and also of people like David, an excellent writer with good ideas and solid reasoning, but without a string of letters after his name. Is the value of a real degree from an accredited university still as meaningful today as it was in the past, and where will this trend be in a generation or two?