I decided to go to the source to ask the reason for the $50 entry fee for the Historicist Prize (The Jesus Challenge).
I was well aware I was only speculating when commenting on it recently, and others were speculating on it quite vacuously and even maliciously. So why not see what I could learn by checking the source for myself? I like doing stuff like that. I recommend the same for associate professors of religion.
Well, Rene Salm kindly responded, and explained:
- the sequence of events that led to the presentation,
- the reason for the $50 fee,
- and the whole point of the ironical situation of committed mythicists even offering a “historicist prize”
His email response, which I have reformatted, follows. Continue reading “Explaining the $50 fee & “The Real Jesus Challenge””