This statement outlines the rules covering the Challenge. All
applicants must agree to the rules set forth herein before any formal
agreement can be entered into. Completing this form is mandatory; there
are no exceptions to this rule.
Applicant will declare agreement by signing this form where
indicated. Applicant must state clearly what is being claimed as the
proof upon which they wish to be tested, and test protocols must be
agreed upon by both parties before any testing will take place. All
tests must be designed in such a way that the results are self-evident,
so that no judging or voting process is required. We do not design the
protocol independently of the applicant, who must provide clear
guidelines so that the test(s) may be properly designed and carried out.
All applicants must clearly identify themselves properly before
any discussion takes place. Applicants must supply John L Perkins with a
proper postal mailing address, and an e-mail address – if one is
This offer is administered by John L Perkins, and no one may
negotiate or make any changes. All correspondence must be written, and
will be answered, in English. Upon properly completing this document and
agreeing upon the test protocol, applicant will receive the application
back, signed by John L Perkins. At that point, the applicant becomes
eligible for the preliminary test, which, if successful, will result in
the formal test.
THE SIXTEEN OFFICIAL RULES GOVERNING THE CHALLENGE:
I, John L Perkins will pay A$100,000 to any person who can
demonstrate any that any religion is true. Religion, for the purpose of
this challenge, entails the existence of a supernatural entity, and the
doctrines that define the religion in terms of the supernatural entity
or entities. Such proofs must take place under the following rules and
1. This is the primary and most important of these rules:
Applicant must state clearly in advance, and applicant and John L
Perkins will agree upon, what evidence will be provided, the limits of
the proposed demonstration (so far as time, location and other variables
are concerned) and what will constitute both a positive and a negative
2. Only an actual demonstration of the stated proof, within the
agreed-upon limits, will be accepted. Accounts or records based solely
on any religious text are not accepted nor considered.
3. We will consult competent technicians when an evaluation of the experimental design is required.
4. Applicant agrees that all data (photographic, recorded,
written, etc.) gathered as a result of the setup, the protocol, and the
actual testing, may be used freely by John L Perkins.
5. After an agreement is reached on the protocol, no part of
the testing procedure may be changed in any way without the further
agreement – in writing – of all parties concerned. John L Perkins will
not interact with the materials used, nor with the protocol, unless
specifically requested to do so by the applicant.
6. In all cases, applicant will be required to perform a
preliminary test either before an appointed representative, if distance
and time dictate that need, or in a location where a member or
representative of John L Perkins can attend. This preliminary test is to
determine if the applicant is likely to perform as promised during a
formal test, using the agreed-upon protocol.
7. All of the applicant’s expenses such as transportation,
accommodation, materials, assistants, and/or all other costs for any
persons or procedures incurred in pursuit of the reward, are the sole
responsibility of the applicant. John L Perkins will not bear any of the
8. When entering into this challenge, as far as this may be
done by established legal statutes, the applicant surrenders any and all
rights to legal action against John L Perkins and/or against any
persons peripherally involved. This applies to injury, and/or accident,
and/or any other damage of a physical and/or emotional nature, and/or
financial and/or professional loss, and/or damage of any kind. However,
this rule in no way affects the awarding of the prize, once it is
properly won in accord with the protocol.
9. At the formal test, in advance, an independent person will
be placed in charge of a cheque from John L Perkins for A$5,000. In the
event that the claimant is successful under the agreed-upon terms and
conditions, that cheque shall be immediately surrendered to the
claimant, and within ten days John L Perkins will pay to the claimant
the remainder of the reward, for a total of A$100,000.
10. Copies of this form are available free of charge to any
qualified person who requests it, or it can be downloaded from the
Internet, at this location.
11. This offer is made by John L Perkins, on the behalf of no
other person, agency or organisation. Although others may become
involved in the examination of claims and may add their reward money to
the total in certain circumstances, John L Perkins will carry out the
implementation and management of the challenge. John L Perkins will not
entertain any demand that the prize money be deposited in escrow,
displayed in cash, or otherwise produced in advance of the test being
12. This offer is not open to any and all persons. Before being
considered as an applicant, the person applying must satisfy two
conditions: First, he/she must have a “religious profile”, which means
having been published, written about, or known to the public in regard
to his/her religion and claimed proof. This can be established by
producing published material that specifically addresses the person’s
proof. Second, he/she must produce at least one signed document from an
academic who has witnessed the proof, and will validate that these
claims have been verified.
13. An applicant can be from or in any part of the world, and
gender, age, race, and educational background are not factors for
14. This prize will continue to be offered until it is awarded.
15. EVERY APPLICANT MUST AGREE UPON WHAT WILL CONSTITUTE A
CONCLUSION THAT, ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRELIMINARY OR THE FORMAL TEST,
DEMONSTRATE THE CLAIMED PROOF.
16. This signed form must be accompanied by a brief,
two-paragraph description of what will constitute the proof. Upon a
protocol being developed, that description may be extended.
PLEASE: Do not burden us with theology, philosophical theories,
previous examples, anecdotal evidence or other comments! We are only
interested in an actual demonstration of proof.
NOTE: No special rules, exceptions, conditions, standards, or
favours will be granted without the mutual agreement of all those
concerned – in advance. Any applicant who refuses to agree to meet the
rules as outlined here, will not be considered to have ever been an
applicant. Only complete agreement with these rules will allow the
“applicant” to become a “claimant.” Applicant, by signing, having
witnessed and submitting this form, signifies agreement with all of the
above rules. Be advised that you should conduct proper tests of your own
to determine whether your proof is valid.
This application will be signed by John L Perkins and returned
to the applicant by mail after a test protocol has been mutually agreed
upon, and a test date and location have been determined.
Authorised pubic witness:
(signature of applicant)
The Religious Challenge, PO Box 6004, Melbourne, Vic.8008 Australia.