One of the great lessons Jesus taught was that humans are to become childlike in finding their way into the Kingdom of God (Luke 18:17 Luke 18:17Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
American King James Version×). He used that example not to tell people to revert to childishness, but to beware becoming entangled with the thought patterns that prevent one from seeking truth and recognizing it. Paul experienced the mental roadblocks the thinkers in Athens put in place for themselves (Acts 17:21 Acts 17:21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
American King James Version×).
All too often people make the simple complex when they ought to be able to make the complex simple. A fool is one who will complicate that which is simple. Some of the thinkers in Athens remained fools because they were not willing or able to hear and grasp truth. No doubt they thought they were at higher levels of intellect. It is noted that some mocked Paul’s words, and some said they would like to hear more (Acts 17:32 Acts 17:32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear you again of this matter.
American King James Version×). There is no record of a church being formed in Athens through the teachings of Paul. Even highly educated people can be teachable and childlike.