At an Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted for Christian clergy at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said Jesus “knew doubt” and had “doubts”—a view some Christian scholars have criticized.

“For like us, Jesus knew doubt,” Obama said. “Like us, Jesus knew fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, ‘my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.’”

Obama went on in his speech to speak in more detail about Jesus’s experience before he was arrested.

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