He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37–39, NRSV

One can’t pursue the core of Christianity without considering this passage. The greatest commandment, according to Jesus, is one that held a central…