Is Jordan Peterson Becoming a Christian?

Many know the name Jordan Peterson, the professor of psychology from the University of Toronto who made the headlines for his political stance a number of years ago. Though he is an agnostic, he has always been favourable towards Christianity. As such, many Christians have been rooting and praying for him to follow Christ. In a recent episode of his podcast, Peterson is seen to be much closer to Christianity than we might have expected. Why the attraction to Christ? In today’s edition of the AC Podcast, Andy and Steve sat down together to share their reaction.

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Is Jordan Peterson Becoming a Christian?

4 thoughts on “Is Jordan Peterson Becoming a Christian?”

  1. Peterson is now embracing Christianity because he is suffering so much with illness that he is desperate to try anything that will make him feel better. He’s stuck though, because Christian belief (and in fact any religious belief) is aggressively antirational, and Peterson has always presented himself as a rational empiricist and a man of Science.

    He actually uses the irrationality of his belief as a defense of its validity. He goes on about the confluence of objective and mythical narratives, and then he tells us that, because his belief is so strong despite his understanding that it is preposterous on a rational level, the story of Jesus of Nazareth must have a reality that cannot be explained by rational analysis. Which sounds like sophistry to me.

    To clarify: I am not a Christian because to me the most likely explanation of the supernatural elements in the Gospels is that they are fictions. That’s what Peterson has always understood too, but now he has to square the circle of his need to believe with the grounds for his prior disbelief.

    1. Aaron Abraham

      Ian,
      Respectfully, fiction is not the most likely explanation. Examine the Gospels again from the perspective of a literary critic. The authors include far too much detail, sometimes irrelevant details and also names of witnesses, all of which would only occur with either retelling of actual events or modern genres of historical fiction or ‘faction.’ The genre of historical fiction was not developed for another 1800 years!
      Mythical literature like the Iliad are written with glaring differences.
      So the possibilities are: they truly believed what they were writing, or the multiple authors were all millennia ahead of their time! If they truly believed what they wrote but were hallucinating, why did they include names of numerous other witnesses who could have contradicted their accounts? Rather than contradicting, the accounts of the Jewish historian Josephus overlap descriptions of people, including the governors, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ himself.

  2. Becoming a Christian isn’t difficult and doesn’t have to be figured out with our human rationale. It’s a simple step of faith. Once we get past that first seemingly difficult step the rest is easy. It causes us to overcome the need to be in control and restores our relationship with God by recognizing that we’re sinners (if we weren’t we would be perfect and lead perfect lives) and confessing our sin. We then ask Jesus to come in to our lives and give us new direction. When Jesus left this earth He gave us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to live within us and be with us as we go through each day. How close we walk with the Lord is determined by a commitment to how close we want to walk with Him. He’s always there for us. There is a sense of peace and new freedom that cannot be explained. It’s a personal choice. We either believe it or we don’t. This is based on the truths found in the Bible.

    1. Well said Kerstin, you are right, your time on this earth is basically decision time. God gave you a life span of time on this earth to make this important decision on if you are for him and his Saviour or the devil. There is no gray area as much as people think there is. So what’s it going be!!!
      I feel it’s a no brainer but wow I amazed on what I see!!

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