What is ‘The Poached Egg’?
The short answer is that it is the title of this blog. ‘A‘ poached egg is something you eat. I myself have never had a poached egg as I like mine scrambled or over easy.
Some of you who are familiar with the writings of C.S. Lewis, or Mere Christianity in particular, might have already figured out my ‘tip of the hat’ to C.S. Lewis as an apologist, and also to one of the most quoted passages in all of Christian literature outside of the Bible.
Whether you are familiar with Lewis or not, here is the now famous quote:
“I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
So there you have it. The question at hand, and also the main underlying theme of this website is, “What will you decide about the person of Jesus Christ?” Unless you are in the camp of those who believe in the implausibility that Jesus never actually existed as an historical person, then you are stuck with few choices: Accept him, reject him, or write him off as a fool or a liar.
Or perhaps you might simply wish to dismiss him as legend; as someone who was made out to be something he never claimed to be by a handful of Jewish conspirators, most of whom, to their last dying breath, went to a martyr’s death their allegiance to a man they claimed they had seen risen from the dead after being executed by the Roman authorities by means of crucifixion.
Many critics and skeptics maintain the argument that Christianity is nothing more than blind faith; that Christians stubbornly cling to their beliefs in spite of a lack of evidence, or evidence to the contrary. Is this truly the case or is Christianity actually reasonable faith based on a logical conclusion drawn from all of the available evidence?
In the coming days, weeks, months, and hopefully years, I will be posting articles, essays, news, and other multi-media content, that is relevant to Christianity, apologetics, and the search for the ultimate truth. These posts will feature the work and writing of some of the world’s best Christian thinkers; from theologians and apologists, to scientists and philosophers, both past and present. And while I do not include myself in that group, I will be throwing in my two cents every now and then as well. I hope you will join me!
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