Today i have started combing through a journal article written by Dallas Willard. Willard is a Christian who is a professor of philosophy at USC and a reknown author and speaker. The journal article is called “Jesus the Logician.” To read a printable version of the article click here.
Willard asserts that:
In understanding how discipleship to Jesus Christ works, a major issue is how he automatically presents himself to our minds. It is characteristic of most 20th century Christians that he does not automatically come to mind as one of great intellectual power . . .
As can be surmised from me labeling this post Pt 1, i have several different thoughts on this. However, for the sake of clarity (and getting some sleep) let me pose two basic questions tonight: One, when you think of Jesus, do you think of Him as someone of intelligence? I assume that we would all agree He is now in his risen state, unfettered by our temporary bodies, but what about when He was here now, in one of our bodies? Second, what was the extent of Jesus’ knowledge? Did His brain, roughly the same size as yours, contain the knowledge of psyics, logical theory, oil painting, economic theories, and what the Grand Canyon looked like? Did He simply know what He had learned during His human life time? Did He even have to study?
I ask this question for two reasons. 1) It reveals one’s picture of God, which has implications for how we “do” our faith, and 2) it reveals a key aspect of one’s theology. What say you?