Robert Barron | – New Book: “Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity”

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The person most responsible for reintroducing God and the Bible into mainstream secular culture today is not a pastor, a Scripture scholar, or a bishop, but a psychology professor with no church membership.

Jordan Peterson’s lectures and writings on psychology, philosophy, and religion have been a cultural phenomenon, attracting tens of thousands to arenas and millions to his social media sites, and prompting many to leave behind secularism and reconsider Christianity.

Yet Peterson’s own thought is marked by a tensive suspension between archetype and reality—between the ideal of Christ and the God who acts in history.

When asked if he himself is a believer, Peterson responds, “I try to live as if God exists.”

More recently, in the wake of great personal suffering, Peterson’s wrestling with the figure of Christ and, in his own wording, the profoundly “sane” quality of Catholicism, has reached a kind of crescendo in both his life and work.

Christopher Kaczor and Matthew R. Petrusek draw readers into the depths of Peterson’s thought on Scripture, suffering, and meaning, exploring both the points of contact with Christianity and the ways in which faith fulfills Peterson’s project.

Taking the “mere Christianity” of C.S. Lewis as its point of departure, “Jordan Peterson, God, and Christianity” is an indispensable analysis, not only for Christians hoping to better understand the significance of the Peterson phenomenon, but also for Peterson fans who are, perhaps for the first time in their lives, thinking seriously about what it might mean to believe.

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Bishop Robert Barron These are brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture by Catholic theologian and author Bishop Robert Barron. The videos complement his weekly sermons posted and podcasted at WordOnFire.org.

Comment (36)

  1. The Most Reverend Robert Barron,
    I would like to ask, if this is possible, to address the issue regarding the role of women in the letters of Paul.
    I've came across articles and people attacking our faith because of this and I would like to know how we should answer to these allegations.
    Best regards,
    Marco Bianchi

  2. I have really liked Jordan Peterson's work (did not read his books, just video lectures), but I always like to say he is a great Psychologist/Social Commentator, not Theologian. I think what he did with the Bible and dialogue on Christianity is really unique that has a lot of value, but I wouldn't use his work as a Bible Commentary if that makes sense.

    Also, I would really like to see Bishop Barron and N.T. Wright to do a dialogue!

  3. How would it benefit me as you said in the video?
    Peterson isn't a christian himself, though I wouldn't be surprised if that changes in the near future.
    Until that time I remain somewhat suspicious of him.
    Also the title made me cringe: Jordan Peterson, God, and christianity.
    In that order.
    Wow.

  4. I watched the whole of Jordan Peterson’s Genesis lectures and I was enthralled. I am reading God and Christianity now and it is an excellent supplement to gaining more insight to his lectures. I highly recommend this book and J.P’s lectures.

  5. I find it compelling that Jordan Peterson focuses on nurturing a meaningful interior life of objective values and morals. Too often today’s emphasis is on how to succeed in the material world of self created values, how to order your exterior life to maximize wealth, pleasure, power and honor. Dr. Peterson refocuses us on those things of the soul that provide objective and lasting meaning. This sounds like a great read. Many thanks to all involved in bringing it to us.

  6. God is not catholic or ……or …… or God has no religion….religion needs God. Our problem is we try to cage God and try to claim we know God in fact some of us have even no self knowledge…..I wish we will let God be God then their will be peace love n other Godly qualities.

  7. Jordan Has said many times he is not a Christian Fundamentalist. He looks at the Bible as a means of finding absolute truth, but doesn’t take the Bible as THE TRUTH. How could it be? It was written by prophets of God and collective Christian people, so of course it won’t contain the absolute greatness of God. God is greater than any religious text could possibly depict. Peterson understands that which is why he tries to abstract truth and higher modes of being from the Bible instead of taking it so literally. That is ultimately what draws so many people back towards the Bible from Jordan’s work.

  8. It was fantastic, I started with the idea of underlining paragraphs that stood out as exceptional. Very quickly I realized I didn’t have enough highlighters lol.
    I also appreciate the manuscript in the back!
    I was introduced to word on fire and bishop Barron thru his conversation with Jordan and I now list these two men as the greatest minds of our generation.
    Please continue the great works that word on fire is producing …thank you

  9. Unfortunately, Peterson is doing a better job presenting the Bible than many/most Sunday homilies. I am a lifelong Protestant who is becoming Catholic. I have listened to many Catholic priests and bishops preach. I have attended several different Catholic churches. The only priests/bishops who have done a very good job at preaching are the ones I see online like Bp. Barron. Unless something changes, I will be attending Mass for worship and my Protestant services for preaching.

  10. Your Excellency, Please also tell your brother Bishops to uphold and promote orthodoxy and authentic Catholicism instead of promoting all the latest talking points like systemic racism, masks, social distancing, mandating jabs, banning Latin mass etc.

  11. I think that Jordan Peterson is proof that the Second Vatican Council was on the right track when it encouraged "that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations…" Sacrosanctum Concilium,14. Christopher Voss says in his book Never Split the Difference that "listening is the most active thing anyone can do." Jordan Peterson's audiences are 'fully, actively, participating' in what he is saying.

  12. Does everyone realize this man Jordan lost his mind about a year ago? Was abusing all kinds of pharmaceutical drugs.. Was running all over the world. Spent time in a rehab facility in russia withdrawing from drugs… Cultural phenomenon?? Come on now, we can't do better than Jordan.. Some might even call the textbook psychopath trump a cult phenomenon.. A man who lied to the people everyday and inspired the destruction of the capitol where people died.. Follow Dr. Charles Stanley, one of the genuine true Christians today.. Mr. Barron is intelligent, knows the Bible but lives up in his head and his intellect.

  13. Jordan Peterson teaches the history of humanity and psychology through the scriptures. He's made it engaging to people who had never gone to church and people who never gave "religion" (as they know it) a chance. Once people realize that the truth in the scriptures plays out in their lives day after day, it dawns on them that there might be something to look into in a place they'd never tried to look before.

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