Lessons From a Noble Pagan: The Church and Jordan Peterson [VIDEO]

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!

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  1. Dr Peterson was definitely my gateway drug to Christianity after he first appeared on Joe Rogan. I grew up in Christianity and knew enough apologetics and enough of my own heart to know that I would probably be a Nazi in another life. I think part of why I paid attention to him was because he was actually making indwelling sin and God have their turn in the cultural limelight. However, his endorsement of Jung caused me to veer into some mystical things I really regret now. Looking back, I can see how his “solution” just puffed up my pride and equally discouraged me as I inevitably kept failing. Thankfully, God kept directing me to His word and set me free in March 2017. I think the Law-Gospel application is probably the biggest takeaway from Peterson’s “ministry”. While I have since latched onto presuppositional apologetics, I have been repulsed by the brashness disguised as “boldness” of many of its adherents. I think they could learn some patience, gentleness, and humility from Peterson’s approach.


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