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.
Authentic Christian apologetics is always bound together with love. Christ said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Far from just being nice or making people feel happy, the sort of love Jesus spoke about was one involving sacrifice — the unconditional giving of one self for the betterment of another. One should never think Christian apologetics is solely concerned with spewing out the right answers. Although well-researched cogent answers are part and parcel of doing apologetics, the virtues of grace, mercy and compassion are likewise interwoven in an effective case for Christ. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love…. —Warren Nozaki (from, What is Apologetics?)
Why is Apologetics Needed? Part 3: Preserving the Faith
by Warren Nozaki
III. Apologetics is needed because Christians are to faithfully pass on the Good News they received from Christ.
From the very beginning, Christians have always given much attention to the faithful passing on of the Gospel to the next generation, and they warned against those who innovated and distorted the message. For example, when Judaizers in Galatia were distorting the Gospel, incorporating legalistic prescriptions into the message, and members of the church in Galatia were quick to embrace the doctrinal perversion. This prompted a sharp rebuke from Paul…
Why is Apologetics Needed? Part 2: Spiritual Warfare
by Warren Nozaki
II Apologetics is needed because all Christians throughout their earthly sojourn live on the frontlines of a spiritual warfare against an invisible enemy.
Paul teaches us that “though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-6).1
Strongholds are essentially fortresses, or walled fortifications for troops, weapons and other supplies. This war imagery points to the reality that Christians are in a spiritual battle against the antichristian ideas that captivate the minds of unbelievers…
Why is Apologetics Needed? Part 1: Answers to Questions
by Warren Nozaki
Why do we need Christian apologetics? Why should believers be ready to give an answer for what they believe and why they believe it? Here are a few reasons why I think apologetics is needed.
I. Apologetics is needed because Christians will inevitably need to answer questions and correct misconceptions about the Way.
The proclamation of the Gospel from the evangelist’s lips always went hand-and-hand with the giving of well-reasoned responses to questions related to why Christians believe what they believe along with why they were doing what they were doing. For example…
The world lost a tremendous voice in Christian apologetics on July 1, 2019. Norman Geisler, a prolific writer, teacher, and seminary founder, died at the age of 86. Norman Geisler has been an influential apologist for decades. Geisler earned his PhD in Philosophy from Loyola University; his MA in Theology from Wheaton College; his BA in Philosophy also from Wheaton; and a ThB from William Tyndale College. He has written numerous books over his lifetime including Chosen but Free, Systematic Theology, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (w. Frank Turek), Making Sense of Bible Difficulties, and his last book When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences. Geisler was a staunch defender of biblical inerrancy. He helped formulate the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. Geisler’s passing leaves behind substantial challenges for future generations of the church…
Doubt. It’s a common struggle in the Christian life.
And if there’s one group of people in your church who most likely struggles with doubt the most, its young people.
As they grow and mature, they stop asking what and start asking why. They stop taking things for granted and start examining things for themselves. Because of this, we as Christian parents, teachers, and pastors need to be serious in our effort to help our youth overcome the doubt they’re struggling with.
As someone who has been raised in church my whole life, I know what it’s like to have serious doubts that stay hidden.
And as I’ve grown and matured in my walk with Christ, I’ve experienced both helpful and harmful approaches to conquering doubt. As you desire to raise up the next generation to love Christ and honor his Word, consider these five suggestion…
Does religion cause violence? It certainly can. But millions of people are driven by their faith to love and serve others. And Christianity, in particular, has served as a fertilizer for democracy, a motivation for justice, and a mandate for healing. If we think the world would be less violent without it, we may need to check our facts. —Rebecca McLaughlin (from, Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion)
There is no more widely recognized utterance of the Islamic faith than the declaration known as the shahadah: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.” Islam is about Allah and his prophet, Muhammad. The Qur’an teaches that Muhammad was an ordinary man (43:31). Yet, according to Muslims, Allah sovereignly chose Muhammad to receive a series of revelations through the intermediary presence of the angel Gabriel. While Muhammad was praying and fasting in the hills outside of Mecca in A.D. 610, Gabriel appeared to him.
Many Muslims believe the first revelation to Muhammad was the command to “Recite in the Name of Thy Lord” (96:1). These revelations continued until Muhammad’s death in A.D. 632 (17:82). According to Islamic traditions, approximately 20 years after Muhammad’s death his “recitations” were written down and codified into a collection of 114 chapters (called surahs) known as the Qur’an. The word “Qur’an” is Arabic for “recitation.” The Qur’an, containing 6,346 verses (known as aya), is approximately the same size as the NT. The first chapter of the Qur’an is known as “The Opening” and is widely regarded as the greatest summary of the Islamic message. The remaining chapters are arranged by length from the longest to the shortest.
The Qur’an and the OT
The emergence of Islam and the Qur’an can be properly understood only within the larger context of the Bible and the monotheism of Islam’s two main predecessors, Judaism and Christianity. The dozens of superficial similarities between the Qur’an and the Bible are striking. For example…