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there was no Jesus, there is no God by [Lataster, Raphael]
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In this unique book, sceptical Religious Studies scholar, Raphael Lataster, seeks to merge the accessibility of popular atheistic writings, with the rigorous scholarly research normally limited to academic journals and monographs. Avoiding the seemingly endless debates on the social impacts of religion, There Was No Jesus, There Is No God is only concerned with the evidence. The base content of this fully referenced tome of free-thought has been peer-reviewed by leading scholars in the fields of History, Philosophy, Biblical Studies and Studies in Religion.

Part 1 reveals the spurious nature of the sources used to establish the truth of Christianity and the existence of Jesus, and the equally spurious methods employed by many Biblical scholars. A brief interlude then leaves no doubt that the existence of the Christ of Faith is virtually impossible, and concludes that even the existence of a stripped-down Historical Jesus is uncertain. Bayesian reasoning is shown to justify sceptical views on many topics, including the existence of God.

Part 2 shifts the focus to the God of classical theism and monotheism, examining the evidence and arguments from scientific, historical, and philosophical perspectives. The inadequacy of the case for God is found to easily justify non-belief (atheism). Furthermore, considerations of alternative gods and conceptions of God, lead to game-changing concerns for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

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An extensive investigation with no hard evidence that either "Jesus" existed or "God"
Easy to read and understand.
Fully recommend to other people who question the existence of Jesus or God
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Often when reading refutations on the existence of a god I get bored and just want to skip to the concluding argument(s). Reading this book, just as I was approaching the 'bored' state, the concluding arguments were presented. Perfect!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely and positively correct. 24 January 2017
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Back to this debate. Very difficult to even begin talking about the very old, boring debate on religion. There are those of us who know that things do NOT exist. We are intelligent. Open minded. Educated for the most part. We are able to think for ourselves and as a result, we live very normal, well rounded, moral and happy lives. It is difficult at times for me to look at someone I know and understand how this person can live under the yoke of a system that demands they be subservient, that they give up intelligent reasoning and otherwise are forced to believe in something that cannot and to this date has not been proven as real in any sense of the word. This book rehashes many of the same arguments that have been going on since this unreasonable group of humans have taken over the world demanding that those of us that KNOW things do not exist bow down to them because they can't think rationally. That might not really make sense to you until you look at it like this:
There is ZERO empirical PROOF that this thing or anything related to this person actually happened. Belief in something does NOT make it real.
Just because it makes YOU happy doesn't mean it should be forced on others who do not believe it. The laws governing humans should NOT be based on irrational thought or inconceivable myth.
Yes, this book rehashes many of the same arguments but at the same time is an attempt to scientifically show why this can't be possible.
It isn't. It isn't real. Good book. Worth the read. Sad that this type of book still has to be written. There really is no argument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done - I enjoyed it. 27 November 2013
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I agree with the reviewer who said that if you've read Price and/or Carrier, you don't need this book, but, I'd say that if you can't get through those or are wondering where to start studying Christ Myth Theory, this is a easy to read - not oversimplified - introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a first book out there. 28 November 2013
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I know Raphael personally so this is very much a biased review; however I did want to knock off half a star for the couple grammatical mistakes I found, and the sometimes informal tone. Overall I found the book a good introduction to Jesus mythicism, and a good way to tie together the current proponents and opponent views on the matters.

Raphael tries to be somewhat conciliatory, saying if people want to believe on faith then he is not going to stop them, I guess I agree. But he does lay out the case for doubt in Jesus and doubt in God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Material 24 January 2014
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The book was great starter material for the subject matter for someone looking for a quick and dirty introduction and explanation. The author discusses the problems and schisms within academia including the intellectual dishonesty of biblical scholarship as a vested enterprise and secret fundamentalist posing as objective researchers of the truth. He also references them as theology promoters disguised as scholarship and in most cases are just as dogmatic as the laymen and general public. For someone looking for the alleged and questionable historical references compiled into a single book, this one definitely fits the mode, while also including a very exhaustive bibliography. What is interesting is that some scholars and academics he addresses by name and begin the process of refuting their arguments and displaying the inconsistencies of their claims such as Bart Ehrman and William Craig. In addition Raphael distinguishes what History is and is not, and the various methodologies of how it is constructed. One often repeated and simply astounding point he makes is that History is what most likely or probably happen and not what actually happened, because of the latter we cannot be absolutely certain. He unabashedly states that "miracles" cannot be classified as historical evidence, since it defies the laws of nature and physics and we have no method to verify or disprove, however, that is very unlikely that nature would circumvent its own laws for our personal gain or pleasure and is not a recurring and testable phenomena. This book is not an all assault on religion and is quite tempered and measured, however, he does reveal its potential weaknesses. I would have liked more in-depth discussion and elaboration into each section, but for the most part the points made are clear, with additional references available through the footnotes. While not quite The Jesus Mysteries written by Freke and Gandy, I still recommend this book to be included into one's research endeavors, because this author addresses certain points that the former does not.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irrationality 12 September 2014
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No evidence for Jesus and no evidence for any of the innumerable gods, therefore both concepts are no better than that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Let us assume that these entities do not exist until verifiable evidence is produced by the proponents of such non-entities. Religious faith is no more than arrogant wishful thinking for an afterlife available to believers but not to all other life. Irrationality at its best. The author has made a very powerful case against all religious faiths. How can you read this exposition and yet still believe?