A while back I put out a couple of feelers to see if anyone would be interested in my writing an article on how Jesus failed to fulfill a single messianic prophesy, in spite of Christian claims that he fulfilled over 300 of them. There was a decent amount of interest, so I started organizing my research and trying to figure out how best to present it. Luckily, every one of the 300+ prophesies offered up as evidence fits into one of three categories: Not Prophesy, Not Messianic, and Not Fulfilled. I felt like starting with a brief explanation of each category would lay an excellent foundation for the rest of the article, allowing me to "bundle" prophesies and avoid giving a detailed explanation for each one. That Christians have split single prophesies into several parts in order to inflate the number supposedly fulfilled by Jesus helps move things along as well - putting them back together, as they were intended to be judged, cuts down the work considerably.
So... why are you reading a post about an article instead of reading the article?
Before I had even really begun writing in earnest, it became clear that, 1 - it would be more properly classified as an anemic book than an article, and 2 - it had such powerful sedative potential that it might actually require FDA approval.
As I see it, this realization leaves me with a couple of options:
Write a Book
By adding in a few refutations of popular Christian apologetics regarding the "prophesies" in question (like the idea that the Jews were just blind to the true revelation of their own prophesies), I could probably bulk this up to proper book length without much difficulty. Including some personal quips, observations, experiences, and maybe a story or two might help transform it into a tolerable read; especially if I formatted it in such a way that the reader could skip around.
Part of me is intrigued by this option... and part of me hates the intrigued part because writing a book like this sounds like doing an awful lot of work in order to create a product that no one may even want.
I could, of course, simply write up a paragraph for each of the three categories (Not Prophesy, Not Messianic, and Not Fulfilled) followed by a list of the supposed prophesies that apply, referencing the chapter and verse. It would only be informative in a pretty shallow way, but it might serve as a good launching point for further study.
The lazy/overwhelmed part of me likes this option almost as much as forgetting about the idea all together. The part of me that remembers using the 300+ fulfilled prophesies argument in my Christian past, and suffers an acute bout of embarrassment tinged frustration every time it encounters the argument in my Atheist present, thinks the subject is important enough to modern apologetics that half-assing it would be committing some sort of societal disservice.
So, what say you, gentle readers? (Or at least the two of you that comment with any sort of frequency *pokes other readers*) Should I put effort into writing a book that no one may be interested in reading? If I actually self-published such a book, and made a digital version available for a couple of bucks, would you be tempted to purchase it? Should I half-ass it and basically post a list of dismissals? Should I just pretend I forgot the whole thing?