My criteria will be questions that are fairly important to Christianity (i.e. that many people are interested in), but don't yet have a good answer. Thus, the hope is that the site will gain some new, high-quality content, in addition to offering our regulars a chance to increase their reputation.
Week 1: In which year was Christ born? (50 pts)
I thought I'd start this off with a season-appropriate question. Although this question was posed back in 2011, and received plenty of upvotes, none of the existing answers are all that good. Specifically, all answers are short and primarily provide a link to an external resource with little original content.
- I ended up awarded the bounty to an existing answer since only one new answer was offered and it didn't add much.
Week 2: What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha? (100 pts)
Week 3: What is significant about the torn curtain? (150 pts)
Despite a huge number of up votes and views, the existing answers are lacking both in details and referencing. A good answer should thoroughly explain why the tearing of the curtain is significant, not just state a reason, and also explain the centurion's remark (which is not touched on by any existing answer).
- Bounty awarded to James Shewey for his excellent new answer. This thoroughly referenced answer might be too long for some tastes, but is exactly what I wanted to see. It's a nice complement to existing brief explanation (i.e. the accepted answer) for those who want to go more in depth.
Week 4: Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs? (200 pts)
Compared to my other offerings, this is a pretty recent question. However, it is of great interest to me personally and apparently a lot of other people based on the high number of votes and views it has received in its brief time on the site.
I'm not looking for a definitive answer (i.e. proof no earlier authors wrote about the subject), but instead just a well-researched one.
- I forgot to hit the "award bounty" button, so James Shewey's excellent answer was auto awarded the bounty. Mr. Bultitude and Dick Harfield also had nice answers; any of the three were potentially worthy of the bounty.