David Fitzgerald is an atheist author, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over twenty years. and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He lectures around the world at universities, national secular events, churches, and secular and religious groups. He has appeared on The Atheist Experience television program and in several documentaries, including Batman & Jesus, My Week in Atheism and most recently, Marketing the Messiah.
David’s latest book is the three-volume set Jesus: Mything in Action (the follow-up book to his classic on Jesus Mythicism, NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All) and the newest addition to his ongoing series, The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion. He is currently working on the two next titles in the series, Sex & Violence in the Bible and The Jehovah’s Witnesses.
He has been a passionate advocate for atheism, civil rights, animal rescue, counter-apologetics and secular humanism his entire adult life. Since the 1990’s, he has been called one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area. In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and CFI-SF for over a decade, he has also been the Director/Co-Founder of both the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco’s oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.
Over the years he has worn many other hats in the secular community. He has served on the Speaker’s bureaus for the Center for Inquiry and The Secular Student Alliance, co-founded the Godless Perverts Story Hour, been a guest speaker for Camp Quest West, American Humanist Association, American Atheists, Skepticon, Apostacon, Ask-a-Scientist, Darwin Day, the Sheffield UK Freethought Convention, Rapture Day, The Garrison-Martineau Project, and other organized events. He has debated and lectured at Stanford and UC Berkeley and many other college campuses. He is the former Secular Student Alliance Regional Campus Organizer for California/Nevada (and former content developer for the SSA) Currently he serves on the advisory council of
For the last five years, David has concentrated primarily on his writing career. He and his wife, Dana Fredsti, have just finished co-writing a science fiction trilogy, Time Shards, for Titan Books UK. Earlier this year, they left their beloved Bay Area after 30 years, and bought a home in the seaside town of Eureka, in northern California.