The Apologetics Newsletter by Timothy Paul Jones
The Apologetics Podcast
Resurrection-Centered Apologetics, with Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones

Resurrection-Centered Apologetics, with Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones

This episode begins with the infancy of Jesus and ends with his resurrection.

It’s Garrick who brings up the infancy of Jesus, and it happens in the Raiders of Church History segment in a manner that’s far more awkward than Timothy anticipated. This episode is the first—and hopefully the last—time that lactation has ever been mentioned on The Apologetics Podcast. Timothy brings the battle to a premature end by hitting Garrick in the head with the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Your intrepid cohosts quickly forgive one another, however, and move on to make three key points about what apologetics is. This episode is the first in the two-part series about what apologetics is and how to do apologetics well. Here are this episode’s three points:

(1) Apologetics is a defense that includes evidence.
(2) Apologetics calls for holiness.
(3) Apologetics is centered in the hope of the resurrection.

Along the way, Billy Joel shows up to defend the Christians who were wrongly accused of burning Rome in A.D. 64, and Pink Floyd and Brian May prove Augustine of Hippo right about the resurrection of Jesus. The Karate Kid shows up too, but the dynamic duo isn’t quite sure why. It has something to do with the Papyrus font, and “Päpÿrüs” would be a perfect name for a heavy metal band that translates its lyrics from fragments of ancient papyri.


Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D., is C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He teaches in the areas of family ministry and applied apologetics. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including Why Should I Trust the Bible?, The God Who Goes Before You, Perspectives on Family Ministry, and Christian History Made Easy.

Garrick Bailey is a Ph.D. student in systematic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying Herman Bavinck and Roman Catholicism under the supervision of Gregg Allison.


The Apologist (R.E.M., 1998)

We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel, 1989)

The Karate Kid (The Karate Kid, 1984)

Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd, 1994)

Resurrection (Brian May, 1992)

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The Apologetics Newsletter by Timothy Paul Jones
The Apologetics Podcast
Welcome to The Apologetics Podcast! In each episode of this thoughtful but lighthearted podcast, bestselling apologetics author Timothy Paul Jones joins cohost Garrick Bailey and top biblical scholars to wrestle with questions related to evidence for the truth of Christianity.