Here is a bit of what the author has to say: “Liberal academia has long favored atheism, or at least agnosticism, where allegiance to Christianity is cause for ridicule or suspicion, because Christianity is falsely regarded as justifying oppression (colonialism, eurocentrism, exploitation). This is the great betrayal of the intellectual-class, who have built solid careers by championing hostility to the West.
Jordan Peterson embodies this betrayal, for in his two books, Maps of Meaning (1999) and 12 Rules for Life, he seeks to undermine Christianity. In the popular mind, he may be a conservative, ready to slay the doctrines of social justice warriors. But his books show the typical liberal university professor.”
Mr. Dass feels that Jordan is offering up standard University anti-Christianity. He writes “Thus, Peterson urges everyone to “increase your resolve, buttress your character, and find the strength to go on.” Because “God, whatever or whoever He may be” is not interested in doing anything for you. Peterson wants this “truth” to awaken people from their “Christian dream.”
He goes on to assert that the Bible is not Scripture, but a code-book of archetypes, where everything stands for something hidden, and its message boils down to his Rule 4: “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” Peterson’s chief guru is Carl Jung.
God is not real, either, but an archetype that comes in two versions – the angry tyrant of the Old Testament, who mellows into the nice guy (like Gepetto in the film, Pinocchio) of the New Testament.
This God-archetype offers Peterson a life-lesson: “Ask, and ye shall receive. Knock, and the door will open. If you ask, as if you want, and knock, as if you want to enter, you may be offered the chance to improve your life, a little, a lot; completely…”
Jesus too is not real but an archetype, another dying-god (a fallacy long debunked), whose “archetypal story [is that] of the man who gives his all for the sake of the better.” And the banal life-lesson of the Jesus-archetype? If you give it your all, and try really hard, you too can be Jesus. That’s also the hidden meaning of the New Testament, for Peterson.”
Mr. dass thinks that Jordan is basically inaccurate in his views on Christianity. He says: “Peterson is wrong, because all three are category mistakes (per Gilbert Ryle). All three are unraveled by theology. And all three are destroyed by Western history itself.
A category mistake confuses one set of categories for another. Thus, Peterson muddles theological concepts (purpose of life, pacifism and morality) with unproven assumptions. Both his books are riddled with category mistakes which invalidate his arguments.
Next, Christianity holds humans to be created in the image of God, which gives all people innate value and dignity. Nor can Christianity ever be passive (as Ephesians 4:22-24 makes perfectly clear). Christianity is about heroic action, enabled by God’s grace – which is why Jesus delivers the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). Further, Christian morality includes repentance, which negates passivity. And, the Bible is filled with the actions of faithful men and women who changed the world. As for the specious assertion that Christians have no moral burden — just one little quotation destroys Peterson — “take up your cross, and follow me.”
Further, if what Peterson says is indeed correct, then Western civilization could never have happened, for the West is the by-product of Christian faith: “By their fruits you shall know them,” said Jesus.”
So according to this author, in the University setting you have progressive anti-Christians and conservative anti-Christians. I guess, we get to take our pick!
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