Interview with Greg West – The founder of the Apologetics blog: The Poached Egg
by Mike Robinson
(Greg’s note: A very special and heartfelt thanks to Mike Robinson of the excellent and highly recommended apologetics website, The Lord God Exists: Christian Applied Apologetics for this interview.)
On the Poached Egg’s thought-provoking site Greg offers apologetics and biblical truth for the glory of God. Information on his ministry and outreach are posted below the interview.
The Poached Egg Network is where Christian apologetics, history, philosophy, science, theology, and pop culture collide. Their goal is to help guide believers, seekers, and skeptics alike to the Ultimate Source of Truth and a better understanding of the Christian worldview.
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Greg, greetings and welcome to our site. What part of the country are you originally from and where do now you call home?
Thanks for having me, Mike. It’s a real honor. I was born and raised in Southwest Missouri, where I still call home today. Although I don’t consider myself ‘well traveled’, I have been around much of the U.S. and served a year overseas in Korea back in my army days.
Were you raised in a Christian home?
Yes, as a matter of fact I was. My dad is an ordained deacon and serves as a volunteer chaplain at a local hospital. He and my mom have been married for over 50 years. We were in church whenever the doors were open. I remember that we often went to church where ever we were–even when we were on vacation.
How did you come to faith in Jesus Christ?
I’m not sure exactly how old I was—around six or seven—but I remember sitting through a sermon in Vacation Bible School and realizing that I was a sinner in need of a Savior and responding to an alter call.
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What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
That’s a tough call. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I’d probably choose the book of John because it paints such an intimate portrayal of Jesus, the Trinity, and Jesus as God incarnate and Savior. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is John 18:37–where Jesus tells Pilate that the reason he came into the world was to bear witness to the truth. That verse is also found on one of the oldest known fragments of NT manuscripts—dating back to the early 2nd century.
What drove you or prompted you to pursue Christian apologetics?
As a young man in my twenties I turned my back on God and Christianity because I had begun to doubt that it was the “one true religion.” I spent many years as a professed agnostic before the “problem of evil” began to make me realize that Christianity was really the only worldview that lined up with what I knew of reality. I became a recommitted follower of Christ in my mid-thirties and decided that if I was going to be a Christian—and I sincerely wanted to know if its truth claims could stand up to the closest scrutiny. I began studying apologetics before I even really knew what apologetics was. I ran across Lee Strobel’s, The Case for Christ, and after that I was hooked and read everything apologetics related that I could get my hands on. I’ve been studying apologetics ever since.
The Poached Egg has posted countless resources about various topics concerning atheism, cults, and false religions; additionally, you have an avid interest in confronting secularism. What are some of the reasons for your apologetic attention regarding worldview issues?
Like I said earlier, I believe that Christianity is the only worldview that provides sufficient answers to worldview questions—such as, “Why are we here?” “Where did we come from?’” and “Where are we going?” As far as secularism goes, I think that it’s a worldview ultimately driven by selfishness…
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