At the request of Ms. Talia la Musa, we at MJTT completed the daunting task of determining God’s IQ before taking up the even more daunting task of determining the IQ of Jesus (J).
This is, to be sure, a project that is as difficult as it is controversial. Indeed, it is so difficult that, to my knowledge, few if any theologians have had the courage to tackle the question. To be sure, there are a few wags who have put their irreverent, deficient senses of “humor” before the internet-surfing public by concerning themselves with this issue. Their “findings” can be ignored.
The difficulties of the task are, in the main, two. First, there is the issue of the metaphysical status of Jesus: that is, was he the Son of God (SOG) and thus a coequal, or was he merely a nice man who offered thoughtful ideas concerning how one might consider living one’s life? If the latter, one must determine which of the many accounts of Jesus’s life and teachings can be considered historically accurate. There are, after all, four gospels in the orthodox canon, and numerous others that have been uncovered in and around the Ancient Near East (ANE).
The method we at MJTT chose to follow was to work out the implications of each and every possibility.
If J was indeed the SOG, the obvious answer to Ms. Mews’ question is that, being a coequal with G, J had an IQ of 107.364. (See my previous piece.)
But, as one of our devil’s advocates pointed out, we were being much too hasty. For human experience teaches us that, though “the apple never falls far from the tree,” said fruit does indeed fall. Or, in the language of the common man or woman, the intelligence of a son may be either superior to or inferior to that of his father. Much if not everything depends, insisted our skeptic, on the IQ of the mother, in this case, presumably, Mary (M). What is more, that skeptic pointed out quite tellingly that the Catholic Church has already determined that M was the Mother of God (MOG).
At this point we at the MJTT came to realize that we were faced with a “can of worms.” For we knew of no formula that could determine the probability of genetic mutation in the complex situation of a mother being both the mother of the father and of the son, let alone of the indeterminate “holy spirit.”
Thus it came about that what had earlier been considered a daunting task (a “slam dunk,” in the idiom of our basketball-crazed nation) was now on the brink of becoming insuperable (a “tough cookie”).
As for the problem of determining whether the latter assumption was correct, we were one in assenting to the proposition that there is no extant theory accepted by all participants in the discussion of this question. Thus we joined the crowd down at the Hôtel Adios Watering Hole, in search of inspiration that would lead us to a precise version of the aforementioned theory.