“Jesus the Logician”: A (Very) Modest Proposal

Richard Riesen


Evangelicalism’s self-consciousness about its intellectual and academic legacy has inspired, and been inspired by, a number of widely read books and articles (consider how many with mind in the title) attempting to ground the scholarly enterprise in Scripture. Much of this attempt, however, seems problematic. Even more problematic perhaps is the attempt to give dominical support to Christian scholarship, to portray Jesus as a reasoner and an intellectual (as one writer has called him), or a logician, as Dallas Willard does in “Jesus the Logician” (Christian Scholar’s Review 28.4 [Summer 1999]). Here Richard Riesen questions whether such a portrayal is consonant with that given in the Gospels. Mr. Riesen is Principal of Pacific Christian on the Hill in Los Angeles, California.


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