. . . Well, not literally, of course. But in this intensely enjoyable, open admissions six-week class, David Galston and Joe Bessler will explore how the powerful, shaping influence of imperial Rome and an imperialized Platonic worldview transformed the Mediterranean peasant, Jesus of Nazareth into the dogmatic abstractions of the Nicene Creed, Very God of Very God, begotten not made, one-in-being with the Father, by whom all things were made. Yet, they will argue, it wasn’t only the historical Jesus who was shape-shifted beyond all recognition, but the historical Plato as well. Can we find a way to honor each by holding and heeding them separately?