Welcome to The Poached Egg Apologetics, the apologetics and Christian worldview journal where apologetics, theology, science, philosophy, history, and pop culture collide. It is our goal to help guide believers, seekers, and skeptics alike to the Ultimate Source of Truth and a better understanding of the Christian worldview through the study of Christian Apologetics.
For many people, apologetics is one of the biggest things that God has used to strengthen their faith and help them grow in their relationship with Him. Learning about the various ways that science, history, and philosophy cohere with God and how apparent conflicts can be resolved is exciting and edifying. Like Jacob struggling with God and refusing to let go until God blessed him, apologetics allows us to struggle with God over the deep philosophical and theological questions of our time. There’s a blessing for us in that struggle! Indeed, the intellectual side of faith is what keeps our faith from becoming superficial and empty.—David Wilber (from, 5 Reasons Christians Should Study Apologetics)
I recently developed a new argument for the resurrection of Jesus. I ran it past a few qualified experts, all of whom thought that the argument sounded robust. The purpose of this blog article is to set out the argument as a contribution to the scholarly discussion of the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection, and to hopefully provoke some discussion. My argument hinges on the Premise that there are three alternative explanations for why the apostles claimed that Jesus had risen from the dead and had appeared to them:
They were honestly mistaken that Jesus had appeared to them (e.g. they experienced an hallucination).
They were deliberately setting out to deceive people.
Jesus really did rise from the dead.
What follows will argue against the first of those alternatives, leaving the latter two for us to adjudicate between…
The feasts of Israel are religious celebrations remembering God’s great acts of salvation in the history of His people. The term “feasts” in Hebrew literally means “appointed times” and in Scripture the feasts often are called “holy convocations.” They are times God has appointed for holy purposes – times in which the Lord meets with men and women.
While there are many religious celebrations in Jewish history and custom, seven are most significant: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. God established the timing and sequence of these feasts to reveal to us a special story – most significantly, the work of the Messiah in the redemption of mankind and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
Why seven feasts? The number seven is significant in Scripture. It is tied to completeness or fullness. For example, God rested on the seventh day after creation, not because He was tired but because His work was complete and He was fully satisfied in it. The cycle of the seven-day week provided the basis for much of Israel’s worship. In addition, the seventh month features four of the seven feasts; the seventh year and the 50th year (the year of Jubilee, following seven cycles of seven years) also are significant.
There are several key truths to keep in mind as we study the feasts…
In the New Testament, followers of the Messiah are given a divine mandate to “sanctify Messiah as Lord in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15a). In other words, according to the apostle Peter, we are to pledge our ultimate allegiance to the Messiah and honor Him as Lord.
But what does that mean? Well, Peter tells us in the second part of the verse to “always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15b).
Indeed, sanctifying Messiah as Lord in our hearts includes always being ready to answer those who ask about what we believe and why we believe it. The word “answer” in this passage comes from the Greek word apologia, which means “defense.” From this Greek term we get our English word apologetics, a branch of theology devoted to the study and defense of Christianity’s truth claims.
Peter goes further to say that we are called to give “reasons”—the logic, the rationale—for the hope we have in Messiah. We are to substantiate the truth claims of Christianity using arguments and evidence. So perhaps another way to articulate Peter’s command would be to say that we honor the Messiah by engaging in Christian apologetics—that is, making compelling arguments in support of our faith and answering objections from those who challenge our hope in Messiah.
Apologetics: A Divine Mandate
Sadly, many believers in Yeshua do not acknowledge the importance of apologetics. Some go so far as to criticize the discipline, relegating it to mere intellectual brain candy. They’ll say, “We have more important things to worry about as believers, like loving God and our neighbor!” But, as we’ll unpack a little later, apologetics is one of the means by which we walk out our love for God and our neighbor.
The reason most believers neglect apologetics, however, is not that they believe it to be unprofitable. They neglect it simply because…
You Cannot Critique Hawking Because You’re Not a Physicist!?
By Arthur Khachatryan
Since publishing the article, Can the Universe Create Itself? I’ve had some people objecting to what I wrote, specifically regarding my critique of Hawking. Since there is a common pattern among these objections and so much confusion and bad thinking, I wanted to respond to those objections instead of posting endless individual responses on various social media platforms. Is it really wrong to critique Stephen Hawking’s claims because of a lack of relevant expertise in Physics? Can the general public not critique Hawking?
First, I want to point out that this objection to my critiques is a logical fallacy. It is a variation of the informal fallacy of a faulty appeal to authority. More accurately, it’s a negative corollary of the fallacy, which commits the non sequitur fallacy (does not follow). The faulty appeal to authority has a few forms. The particular one in this instance is as follows…
God is doing an awesome work around the world. He is calling His church back to the defense and proclamation of the Gospel and you get to be a part! If you’ve been following this site for a while, my guess is that you have an itch. There is a deep yearning within your soul to take the apologetics knowledge you’ve accumulated and use it to minister to others.
“Yes, you’re quite right. But do I know enough?”
If you could give me a basic five minute explanation of God’s existence, Jesus’ resurrection, and the problem of evil, and if you’re humble and willing to trust God for this journey, then you are ready. The world is dying because of “lack of knowledge” (see Hosea 4:6). You have that knowledge! You know the Gospel, and you know that it is true! The world and the church need that knowledge!
“But how in the world do I start?”
Well, let’s ask seven thinkers who are relatively new to the apologetic scene! These are all apologists who have begun young and thriving apologetics ministries. In this first post, we will meet the apologists and hear the stories of how God led them to begin their ministries, what that looked like, and what makes their ministries unique. In the next post, we’ll hear them share advice on a broad range of topics, from how to reach local churches to picking names to finding a niche. But first, let’s meet the “new apologists!”…
I have been studying apologetics for twelve years now, and it has become an important part of my life. Not only have my studies provided me with answers, but I have seen apologetics equip Christians to provide an answer to everyone.
As I read, think, wrestle, argue and discuss, I realise a good way to approach apologetics is to think about giving answers and seeking answers.
The problem with ‘cookie cutter’ answers
In my early days of reading apologetic-related resources, I would share with students and seekers as part of my university ministry. I would often give ‘cookie cutter’ answers; very precise and verbatim from the books I was reading. This method wasn’t always as effective as I hoped! These answers often had a lot of underlying assumptions as to the motives of the questioner; this was—understandably—not always met with appreciation…
Bible Interpretation for Skeptics: Isolated Bible Verses
by Carey Bryant
The Internet is a fun place.
You can watch viral videos about cats doing funny things. You have social media to interact with friends and family from miles away. And then of course, you find some skeptics who discredit a Bible verse without putting any effort into properly interpreting it!
Many skeptics hinge their whole argument on one verse that is taken out of context. Many do not even bother to look up how any Christians have interpreted a biblical passage. As a result, Christians don’t entertain their objections to the Bible.
This series is an attempt to help skeptics better interpret the Bible, known as as the study of hermeneutics. This first lesson on how to interpret the Bible is of utmost importance…
It was about twenty-five years ago, but it is one of those memories that in many ways remains quite vivid. I was sitting in the chapel service at the very liberal seminary where I got my M.Div. A prominent bishop of that seminary’s denomination was speaking that day and promoting the acceptance of homosexuality. He quoted John 1:14 saying, “Jesus was full of grace,” and then went on to give his own personal spin on what grace meant. Immediately, I thought, “Wait a second! That’s not right!” And as I walked out of the chapel that day, I turned to one of my friends, saying, “He deliberately misquoted that verse. It doesn’t say Jesus came full of grace but that Jesus came full of grace and truth.”
His quotation was a half-truth and a whole lie. It seemed that the bishop recognized that quoting the full verse would completely undermine the point that he was making. Indeed it does. Moreover, grace without truth ceases to be true grace. And truth dispensed without grace is in error, also. The two necessarily go hand in hand if one wants to be like Jesus.
There is a strong tendency today—not just among liberals but also among evangelicals—to…