Jesus Never Existed is worth every penny if you value your sanity.Every argument in life has reasons in favour and reasons against, pros and cons.To have a balanced view you need to know both sides. The clergy will only tell you ideas which support the Bible stories but this book shows the reasons to think that the Bible is fictionalized history. E.g most of the stories in the Bible were written decades or centuries after the events they claim to describe.If you read the history of the ancient near east you will see there is hardly an original idea in the Bible. This book is a one stop shop for the background history of religion to the Bible stories. It will save you ages of searching out the information on-line but also point out the direction if you want to explore the sources of its claims. An excellent book to get you thinking in a clear, rational way. I thought I knew the Bible fairly well and was aware of many difficulties in it but this book showed me that I hadn't been reading or thinking nearly as clearly as this author. This book is real education, be naive no more ! The Bible is a snap shot on the evolution of religious thought between the ignorant views of 4000 BCE which held that the gods lived just beyond the sun and controlled natural disasters/health, to the present time when we realise that biorhythms, thermodynamics, germs etc do.