By Sarah Latham/TechCrunch article If you’ve got a Bible, you’ve already got a chance to win a $100,000 prize.
The holy book has become a popular religion medal, winning the coveted prize last year from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, but it’s only now that a new medal, the Religion of Jesus Medal, is being offered.
The medal, which can be used as a symbol of faith in the U.S. and internationally, is awarded for excellence in “the promotion of the religious values of the people, or of a community that is predominantly or exclusively religious.”
The winner is determined by the following criteria: “The religious values, practices, or symbols of a religious community are the values and practices of the community that most contribute to its overall public image, or the community’s religious identity.”
A few highlights from the medal’s list:• “The award recognizes the contributions of a public official to the promotion of a Christian faith or religion.”• “This award is recognized by an official who is also a member of a political party or religious denomination.”•”The public official who wins the award is considered to have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to promoting the religious beliefs and practices” of a particular religious community.•The medal’s design is based on the biblical “book of Daniel,” with the name “Jesus Christ” and the denomination “the Christian church.”
The medal was first offered last year and has been on the market for about a month, with competitors ranging from companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Nike, to individuals like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
While the medal does have a Christian theme, the “Jesus” part of the name means “faith.”
The American Academy’s website says the medal is a “unique religious medal,” with religious medals being awarded for “honor, distinction, or distinction of distinction.”
The religion of Jesus medal was created by “a group of scholars from across the U, C and South America who have studied the history of Jesus and Christianity.”
“We have a very strong belief in the role of the Bible in the promotion and acceptance of Christianity in our world,” the academy’s website reads.
“Our work has led us to this award, which we believe will be a recognition of our commitment to the Bible as an important part of our Christian heritage.”