Blogger Interview: Greg West
by Stephen Bedard
Greg’s Note: Last week I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be interviewed by Stephen Bedard over at Hope’s Reason for his series on Christian Blogging. One of our favorite contributors, Steve blogs on various apologetics topics, his specialty being on the Historical Jesus. He also writes about reaching out to those in the church with disabilities, leadership, and, well, Christian Blogging. Check it out:
Much of my blogging has been in the area of apologetics. That makes me very interested in the other apologetics resources that are available on the internet. One of the best resources that I have encountered is a website called The Poached Egg.
The Poached Egg is a blog that gathers the best apologetics content from around the web and brings it together to one place. It is run by Greg West and I have come to greatly appreciate the work that Greg does.
One of the things I respect about Greg is that he doesn’t just use other people’s content for his own purposes but makes sure to send his readers to the original websites. There have been a number of times that I have noticed a spike in my traffic and then tracked it down to something Greg has shared.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Greg some questions about blogging. Whether or not you are involved in apologetics, you will find Greg’s insights on Christian blogging to be very helpful.
You are the curator of one of the most popular apologetics websites: The Poached Egg. Where did that name come from?
That’s a great question, Steve! I get this one a lot and I always love answering it. It’s a hat tip to a quote from C.S. Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity. The quote is also known as Lewis’ famous “Trilemma Argument”. The full quote goes like this:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 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 patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. . . . Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
I wanted the website’s title to be relevant to what it’s about, but I also wanted it to be a little unusual, and also hopefully, memorable. I had just recently read Mere Christianity, and ‘The Poached Egg’ just kind of jumped out at me…
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