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reasonably ignored

Inscribed on a plaque at the Yokefellow Institute in Richmond, Indiana, is this quotation by Elton Trueblood: “Jesus Christ can be accepted; he can be rejected; he cannot reasonably be ignored.”

“Reasonably ignored.”

I found that to be an interesting phrase.  If something is reasonable, it has enough merit to warrant further exploration, if not belief.  To be unreasonable is to be beyond the boundaries of credibility.

Is Jesus “reasonably ignored” today?  Or is it more likely that he is “unreasonably ignored” because what many people think they know about Jesus is actually beyond the boundaries of credibility?

Reminds me of Phillip Yancey’s book, “The Jesus I Never Knew.”  The Jesus we think we know may not actually be the real Jesus.