Who is the Logos? And why does he keep manifesting in the stories of Western Civilization?
The Logos: A Perfect Man's Odyssey Through Science Fiction and Fantasy...
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Imagine meeting the perfect man. He's a physical man in that he exists and interacts in this material world just like the rest of us. He was born and grew up, he eats, he sleeps, and he can die. But he's also perfectly aligned with the divine. He has superhuman abilities and never ever makes a mistake. Everything he does and says has a great meaning behind it.

Humanity has grappled with the possibility of this man from the beginning of knowledge. Ancient Western philosophy called such a man the "Logos" or "Universal Wise Man." The English Common Law system, on a more practical level, refers to the "reasonable, prudent man," who is applied as the measure to determine if a particular defendant's actions compare. Would the reasonable, prudent man have driven the car with bald tires? Not even a possibility.

Literature and culture have provided many great figures who could be considered as types to the Logos. Many appear in the Bible, of course. The Old Testament has several great figures, for sure, including Moses and the Prophet Elijah. Moses serves as a close example as the wise lawgiver who performs great miracles. Sampson, another lesser example, is a man whose strength is superhuman, but whose lustful vices are his undoing. Yet all fall short of the ideal and make no claims to be the Logos himself.

In all of history and literature only one real contender for the Logos has emerged and that is: Jesus of Nazareth. His character and story are unprecedented. The New Testament identifies him as the Logos and relates primarily to his story and teachings. He is fully human and yet fully divine--his father is God, the author of all existence; his mother a virgin (and now the Queen of Heaven). His birth was foretold, and the measurement of time was divided between BC and AD to mark his birth. He is the source of all goodness, truth and beauty. As such, his life divinely exemplifies the virtues, including prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faith, hope and charity (or love). He has no vices.

Jesus, as God himself, takes a deep interest in his creation and fellow human beings. (This, in worldly, human standards, seems to be his only weakness or downfall. He loves and cares for the rest of us beyond our understanding.) And, while tempted like the rest of us, he never even considers succumbing to his temptations. Moreover, while he lived as a human, he had seemingly limitless superhuman abilities and commanded great power over nature. He could read minds and predict the future. He could heal sick people, even raise them from the dead. Evil spirits fled at his command. He walked on water. But, he only used his power on a limited basis, always for a higher purpose.

He is killed eventually, willingly so in order to save humanity, but is back to life three days later, this time even more powerful. Now he can fly, walk through walls, travel about instantly, even bilocate. He still retains his body, though. He demonstrates by eating some food and having his disciples review the open wounds still on his body from his recent experience with capital punishment.

Thus, even if Jesus is taken as simply as a literary character, there are many comparable figures, but all fall short upon further analysis. And whether or not it's intentional in the part of the individual author, our popular culture in the guise of fantasy and science fiction has made many attempts to portray the Logos. Who are the science fiction/fantasy cultural contenders and how do they compare to Jesus's example as a Logos?

Let's look at five popular examples...

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