Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
At the outset of The Double Search, Rufus M. Jones invokes the myth in Plato’s Symposion (c. 399-390 b.c.e.; Symposium, 1701) that man in his original nature was a round being with four legs, four arms, one head, and two faces. Plato defines love between humans as the longing to return to this original state, in which each human was perfectly joined to another. While Plato argues that there is a higher love—namely, the soul’s longing to return to eternal Truth—Jones believes that our love for God is radically similar to our love for other people. Thus Plato’s parable of human love can also be taken as a parable of religious love. God and humanity were originally one, a “divine whole” divided at human birth by the emergence of our individuality. God longs to be reunited with us as much as we long to be reunited with God. Christ represents the fulfillment of this double search; Christ is the round man in whom God and humanity are one.
Jones believes that his view of Christ is not undermined by modern science or biblical criticism. While other views of Christ are called into question by scientific rejections of supernatural claims and by literary critical rejections of the simple unity of biblical texts, Jones believes that his approach avoids these problems. His approach to Christ is an expression of the psychology of New...
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