How do we explain such a life?

ChristCan the person whose history the Gospels relate be himself a man? What affecting goodness in his instructions! What sublimity in his maxims! What profound wisdom in his discourses! What presence of mind, what ingenuity of justice in his replies! Yes, if the life and death of Socrates are those of a philosopher, the life and death of Jesus are those of a God.

–Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
French philosopher (1712-1778)