"The Quaker scholar Elton Trueblood approached the Bible this way. One of Trueblood's students told me that he often heard his mentor say something like: 'The historic Christian doctrine of the divinity of Christ does not simply mean that Jesus is like God. It is far more radical than that. It means that God is like Jesus.' In other words, the doctrines of the incarnation and deity of Christ are meant to tell us that we cannot start with a predetermined, set-in-stone idea of God derived from the rest of the Bible (or from Greek philosophy) and then extend that to Jesus. Jesus is not intended merely to fit into those predetermined categories; he is intended instead to explode them, transform them, alter them forever, and bring us to a new evolutionary level in our understanding of God. An old definition of God does not define Jesusâ€”the experience of God in Jesus requires a brand-new definition or understanding of God."