Bart Ehrman has a new blog with a special Members Only area where readers can get access to Dr. Erhman's insights for a fee. All proceeds will go to charity. Despite my liberal political leanings, I am enough of a capitalist to say that if people are willing to pay Ehrman for blog content, more power to him! I might do the same if I thought that I could make any money at it.
I am a little disturbed, however, that Ehrman has announced on his Facebook page that he is planning to put his responses to critics in this Members Only area. After all, I already paid for Did Jesus Exist? If there is some critique that merits a clarification or explanation from Erhman, I question the necessity of additional payment. I rather feel that the arguments in the book should still be under warranty.
Ehrman has already used the Members Only area to respond to Robert Price's allegation that he had his graduate assistants read the books that he discusses in Did Jesus Exist? (You can read about this hubbub on Ehrman's Facebook page as well as at the Uncredible HallQ and Vridar.) I'm frankly not worried about this response since I never thought that Price's source for this was particularly credible--a podcast listener supposedly heard it from an unnamed student of Ehrman. Moreover, I really don't care where Ehrman gained his understanding of the case for mythicism. If his understanding was accurate and his responses were persuasive, it doesn't matter to me whether he read the books himself or a grad student summarized them for him. If they weren't, reading the books for himself doesn't make them any better.
On the other hand, I think that Richard Carrier raises a number of points that someone who purchased the book might reasonably expect to have addressed without the need to shell out any more money.
Update: Ehrman has posted his first response to Carrier in his Public Forum, but indicates that further responses will be posted in the Members Only area.