Jordan Peterson finds God using an intellectual lens in a secular world, perhaps it’s only a beginning
In a 2017 interview, Jordan Peterson was asked if he was a Christian. He said, “I suppose the most straight-forward answer to that is yes.” When asked if he believes in God, Peterson responded: “I think the proper response to that is No, but I’m afraid He might exist.”
Ambivalent, Jordan explores the Book of Genesis and prove God’s existence philosophically; that’s fair enough. Who knows what has happened in his heart?
Like most intellects, Peterson admires the works of atheists Nietzsche, Jung, and Freud
Prominent philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was an atheist and nihilist, a deadly combination opposite to what Christians hold. Likewise, celebrated psychoanalyst Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud were considered the “enlightened ones,” though they were atheists.
When God uses an unbeliever
Jordan Peterson is an unbeliever; otherwise, he would be preaching more on Jesus. Yet, he published a series on “The Idea of God.”
He discusses it in light of evolution and how the minds of Jung, Nietzsche, Freud, Dostoevsky, together with patterns, chaos, and consciousness, blend to justify God’s existence.
With more than three million fans hungry for his lectures, he can be dangerous. But it is precisely through Peterson can we understand Christianity — how the real world views it with real eyes, not with blind faith or cheap grace.
Jordan Peterson attempts to answer questions Christians don’t dare ask
One of Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is “Tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie.” An assurance we’re listening to an honest person. The questions he asks are valid, the reason Christians are called to be ready to defend the faith.
1 Peter 3:15
“… always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect…“
Tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie.
The worst period of his life
In 2016, Jordan had a severe autoimmune disorder; his wife was diagnosed with cancer. For someone who preaches positivity and has actually helped many to overcome their own struggles, Peterson underwent severe depression and anxiety.
In his 18-months absence, his lectures and videos gained millions of views on YouTube. Jordan’s millions of fans eager to hear his “words of wisdom,” but he was quiet.
During the recovery period, Jordan took the time to study scriptures. Maybe not necessarily for spiritual reasons, but as a philosopher and thinker.
Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
The man liberal progressives tried to cancel
In 2021, in a wave of cancel culture, Jordan Peterson appears to be Marvel’s supervillain Red Skull bears. Its character is a “super-Nazi” with a striking resemblance to Peterson. He called out the effort to cancel him and said it was an unfair and absurd comparison.
The mainstream media have not been good to him as well. Despite all these, he hasn’t lost his job, unlike other conservatives who have been canceled.
Peterson brings together a dizzying array of texts and traditions—Jungian psychoanalysis, the Hebrew Bible, Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, and others to formulate basic lessons, or “rules,” about how humans might overcome their natural tendency to lassitude and savagery. [WSJ]
Should Christians listen to Jordan Peterson?
Absolutely. Peterson is a conservative activist who tells liberals Millenials to “Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.” His thoughts and philosophy align well with godly virtues.
Given his understanding of worldview, philosophy, and religion, Christians can learn a great deal from Jordan. We must welcome challenges and test if the faith we have is true.
In November 2020, Jordan announced on YouTube that he would be working on his next Biblical series lecture on Exodus and Proverbs as a follow up of his Genesis series.
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
So incredibly thankful to be back in Canada with my family. We survived 2019 and 2020 by the skin of our teeth. We haven’t had a dinner like this in over a year and a half. Happy thanksgiving everyone!!! (Scarlett and I are taking the photo) pic.twitter.com/kEiqLMxRrq— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaAleksis) October 11, 2020