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orders Peter to put back the sword into its scabbard ; and He bids the little ones to come unto Him, since of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Indeed, Mark's Gospel tells us how the disciples begged Him to forbid a man who did not follow them from casting out devils in His name ; and how He refused to do so, and laid down the great universal rule of all-embracing generosity, ' He that is not against us is with us \
Passing from our projection of ourselves into Christ's own age, we come now to ask how modern thinkers, looking back from the standpoint of the scientific era, have conceived of Him. Many different answers are given to the famous question which Christ asked of Peter and a number of these are to be found in a compendium chosen by Osborne.168 Here we have the views of leading scholars of different Christian sects, different religions, different branches of thought and different philosophical systems, including J. J. Rousseau's ' So impossible of imitation are the characteristics of the Gospels that the man who invented them must needs be greater than his hero ' {Entile). This is particularly true of Luke, the physician, who portrayed Jesus as the ' good physician ' and yet again as the Saviour of men. Had Luke himself been the creator of the personality he depicts we should expect, in accordance with Rousseau, that he would have shown himself to have possessed some of His most estimable traits ; but as he says in the foreword to his Gospel, ' It seemed good to me also, having traced the course of things accurately from the first, to write \
Jesus, as a healer, was indeed a genius. It was John Stuart Mill who said, ' There is about the life of Jesus a stamp of personal originality, combined with profundity of insight . . . which must place the prophet of Nazareth in the very first rank of men of sublime genius of whom