Dr. Chuck, in the comment thread, asks: Why this question? Thanks for the terrific, civil, thoughtful replies -- including Dr Chuck's. But what prompted it?
Here's why I asked:
1. Because -- and I mean this in academic terms -- I felt like it. If you have an issue with this, I respect that, and bid you come here for a complimentary country whippin' with an accordion.
2. Because, as we see from Jesus's style, some questions can leave the right people miffed, just for asking.
3. If Jesus IS the greatest teacher ever -- I sure think he is -- why don't people try to teach like him?
In my experience, very few do. Why?
Because of my thoughts on this, I actually do try to teach like him. But it gets me in trouble. So maybe that's answer to the "Why not?" question, now that I think about it. Thanks for listening as I process this...
4. Let's grant that Jesus was Greatest. Teacher. Ever. And Smartest Man, too. And God among us. And we look at his manner and say, "Well, it wasn't that successful or effective." Shouldn't that shake our idea of "success" to the core?