A wise one asked me why
He is mocking skeptics
Similarly, Matthew depicts the wise Pharisees as falsely maintaining the appearance of being “clean” (Frank says his hands are not clean in the next verse). While some rabbinic scholars have accused Christian traditions of unfairly hating on the Pharisees, the point is that Frank maintains his faith in humanity despite what some skeptics may say.
Also, many philosophers have no faith in mankind and attribute our foul ways to human nature. He essentially is saying a philosopher, whom is held to be the wiser of us is asking why he still has faith…
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