by George Brahm
The Canadian psychologist took the world by storm, but is there something that the church can learn from the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon? On October 4th, 2019, I delivered the following talk at the Growing Deeper Roots Conference in Kalamazoo, MI, titled ‘Lessons From a Noble Pagan: What the Church Can Learn From Jordan Peterson’. I argued that the church has much to learn from this ‘noble pagan’ if we wish to combat the rising tide of apathy about religion and stem the mass exodus of young people from the faith.
A few notes/corrections I need to make:
- The phrase ‘noble pagan’ as used in the title and elsewhere was coined by Christian blogger and commentator Esther O’Reilly.
- Peterson’s book was not a New York Times bestseller, because NYT does not consider books published by Canadian publishing houses for its list. Nonetheless, it was first on several other prominent bestselling lists, including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, etc.
- I first heard about the connection between Peterson’s message and the Law from Glen Scrivener, who I cite elsewhere in the talk.
- I wrongly stated that Jordan Peterson checked into rehab as a result of an addiction to anti-depressants. It was later pointed out to me that they were anti-anxiety pills, not anti-depressants. I must add that he has since left rehab and is currently recovering steadily.
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the talk, and do let me know what you think in the comments below!