Was Jesus the smartest man who ever lived?

The late Dallas Willard, who served as a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, thought so.

Here's the premise, as stated in Chapter 3 of his book, The Divine Conspiracy (HarperCollinsPublishers, 1997):

  • "Can we seriously imagine that Jesus could be Lord if he were not smart?  If he were divine, would he be dumb?   Or uninformed?"
  • "Once you stop to think about it, how could he be what we take him to be in all other respects and not be the best-informed and most intelligent person of all, the smartest person who ever lived?"

So, here's the claim:

  • "Saying Jesus is Lord can mean little in practice for anyone who has to hesitate in saying Jesus is smart. He is not just nice, he is brilliant. He is the smartest man who has ever lived."

Do you agree? Or, would  you hesitate to say that Jesus is the smartest man who ever lived?

Join us for a discussion of this claim.

We'll meet on Thursday, April 3, at 4 pm in the Rands House (5229 Cass Avenue on Main Campus) conference room 103 on the first floor. (Arrive by  4:05 to enter our drawing for a free book!)

For more information see the Events tab at RatioChristi.org/WSU/Events. Light refreshments will be provided.