Experimental Theology pulls in some behavioral economics. Mashing together more of my favorite things!
We tend to think being like Jesus is controlled by the [slow] (sic), rational, and conscious part of the mind, the part that asks “What would Jesus do?” But in reality, it’s the fast, emotional, and automatic part of our minds that’s really controlling the show. As I’ve written about before, the battle to be like Jesus is won or lost in milliseconds. In short, learning to love isn’t about standing at an ethical crossroads and making good, Christ-like decisions, rolling the question “What would Jesus do?” over in our minds. Life and our brains are moving way too fast for that. Learning to love is, rather, about forming yourself into a person where love becomes natural and automatic, like a habit of breathing.