The following videos I have seen with Peterson and they have prompted this blog entry:
Mr Peterson seems to be a very popular person on YouTube (within my own personal echo chamber) these days. He has taken on the mantel of an atheistic evolutionist that supports the Bible. This could be the beginning of the end of the Christian era or the “age of the gentiles” if his thinking takes over.
A common thing I see among non-believers is that “religion” (even their religion) becomes this theoretical abstraction of something you “do” to hold your mind together given the crazy and mysterious creation we all find ourselves in rather than a true explanation of the meta-physical.
Peterson is a sharp and articulate and especially sympathetic apologist for Biblical ideas shaping the evolution of the human psyche. This removes him from the “dogmatic” and “irrational” set of individuals that actually “believe” that horrid book, the Bible. It removes him from almost all critique by the new atheist evangelists such as Sam Harris.
This stance of his is very effective at removing the false and pointless arguments over biblical inerrant status and accuracy/historicity and gets past that surface argument into the gist of the stories in the Bible and their beneficial use to human society. For that, most Christians or Bible sympathizers love Jordan. Finally he has forced the debate into the compelling and “super archetypal” aspects of the Bible stories which are so deeply ingrained into our culture and thinking.
I fear however, that this is a further deconstruction of true faith in the biblical narrative. I personally think there is overwhelming textual, archaeological and historical evidence that the Bible is literally true and very accurate for any ancient text. It gives names, dates, places and events with an enduring textual, historical, geographical, and political accuracy like no other book. It is unfortunate that the arguments concerning these aspects of the bible appear to have fallen off the front burner and into the background. Perhaps people are just tired of the continuous debate over whether or not the Bible is historically real.
Atheists such as Francesca Stavrakopoulou who blatantly proclaim that characters like Moses are fully mythical and never actually existed now abound despite the long standing scholarly acceptance of the resurrection and life of Christ which points to the equally valid assertion of the historicity of characters like Moses and King David.
Society on a global scale seems to be (from a public perspective) “blowing off” all the true belief in the Bible yet we are seeing record numbers of Muslims, for example, seeing visions and dreams and coming to Christ and increasing incidences of miraculous healing and even raising from the dead.
Jordan, to me, is both refreshing and very scary for these reasons. Even as evolution is dying in the scientific community, the “religious” adherence to this extremely dangerous theory seem to be expanding.
Perhaps this is the last dying breath of the scoffers as we enter the millennial era and exit the age of the church/gentiles? I hope so.