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Books from American Atheist Press

NazarethGate: Quack Archeology, Holy Hoaxes, and the Invented Town of Jesus
The much-anticipated sequel to The Myth of Nazareth is now available.
Order here (discount price).

 - The Myth of Nazareth: The Invented Town of Jesus. American Atheist Press (March, 2008). The ground-breaking and controversial product of eight years’ research. See my Nazareth website. Order here (signed copy, no longer in print).

Published articles and shorter works

Nazareth, Israel controversies

 - “Pious Fraud at Nazareth” in J. Loftus (ed.), Christianity in the Light of Science: Critically Examining the World’s Largest Religion (Prometheus Books, 2016).

 - “Archaeology, Bart Ehrman, and the Nazareth of ‘Jesus.’” In Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth: An Evaluation of Ehrman’s ‘Did Jesus Exist?’ (American Atheist Press, 2013, pp. 327-68.)

 - “The archaeology of Nazareth: An example of pious fraud?” Paper delivered at the Society of Biblical Literature convention, Chicago, November 2012 (PDF).

 - “Christianity at the crossroads—Nazareth in the crosshairs.” American Atheist, July-Aug. 2010 (PDF).

 - “Nazareth, Faith, and the Dark Option.” American Atheist, Jan. 2009. (

 - “A Response to ‘Surveys and excavations at the Nazareth Village Farm (1997-2002): Final Report.’ ” Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, vol. 26 (December 2008), pp. 95-103.

 - “The Myth of Nazareth: The Invented Town of Jesus—Does it really matter?American Atheist, March 2007.

 - “Why the Truth About Nazareth is Important” (Introduction by Frank Zindler). American Atheist, Nov.-Dec. 2006, pp. 14-19.

Other religion

 - Buddhist and Christian Parallels: Compiled from the Earliest Scriptures. E-book, 91 pp. 2004.
Numerous brief parallels from the two great religious traditions in a side-by-side format, with occasional footnotes. The product of twenty years’ reading daily in the Pali Buddhist scriptures.

 - “Middle East solution lies in a true democracy.”Register-Guard newspaper (Eugene, OR), Nov. 23, 2015. Argues for a one-state solution in Palestine/Israel that is religiously non-aligned.

“Freedom Evaporates in the Vatican’s Theocracy.” Register Guard, Nov. 30, 2014. A practical response to uncaring Catholic opposition to euthanasia.

 - “There is no one and only ‘truth’: Wonder waits for all.” Register-Guard, April 21, 2013. Labels and religious stereotyping mask the good we have in common.

 - “Paleolithic Religion.” 50 pp. Kevalin Press, 2010.

 - “The impotence of biblical studies”

 - “What is Jesus mythicism?”

 - “A timeline of Jesus mythicism.”

 - “A basic mythicist bibliography.”

 - “René Salm: A spiritual autobiography”

 - “The Natsarene and hidden gnosis.” (July, 2011).

 - “The Natsarene religion.”

 - “Mythicists, docetists, Nazoreans.”

 - “Pre-Christian gnosticism.”

 - “Ten steps to the birth of Christianity.”

 - “Notes on the Acts of Mark.”

 - “Thomas Brodie, mythicist priest: Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus (book review).”

Music related

 - “Electronic Orchestration.” Electronic Musician, Sept. 1991
(Cover article), pp. 30-43.

 - “Piano Teacher tuned in to power of the well-spoken word.”
Eugene Register-Guard (newspaper), Aug. 8, 1999.


 - Music composer website.

The (only) website dedicated exclusively to the archaeology of Nazareth, Israel. With interviews, a Nazareth quiz, video by James Randi discussing my writings, multiple Scandal Sheets, bibliography, and related links.

 - Mythicist Papers: Resources for the study of Christian origins.My blog, writings, and results of my research relating to the view that Jesus of Nazareth did not exist.

 - Mythicist Discussion online group (Yahoo). Currently moderated by John Felix.

In progress

A Hut in Sri Lanka. Part spiritual journal, part autobiography, part travelogue.

Updated Sept. 14, 2017

Photo: Cover of book

Photo: Cover of book

James Randi endorsing
my no-Nazareth thesis:

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