What a surprise from Jordan Peterson!
Internationally acclaimed psychologist Jordan Peterson was recently interviewed at the PragerU Summit, which is “a spiritual and intellectual retreat,” based on Judeo-Christian principles.
Conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager asked Peterson’s response to this story:
“One day, walking through Columbia University…I had an epiphany. All of a sudden, one of the verses from my Yeshiva education…we had said every morning in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, for the first time since second grade, this verse came to my brain:
“‘Wisdom begins with fear of the Lord.’
“It changed my life. There is no wisdom at Columbia, because there is no God at Columbia. That is one of the ways I knew, ‘Oh, without God, look what happens. Without God, look what happens–morally, intellectually, in terms of wisdom.
“My biggest reasons for my belief in God are watching what happens when people don’t. I’d love to have your reaction.”
Jordan Peterson: Catholicism is “As Sane As People Can Get”
“‘If you cease to believe in God, you’ll start to believe in anything,” Peterson began, referencing G.K. Chesterton.
“Catholicism–I’ve gone through lots of Catholic cathedrals in Europe. Of course, they are stunning creations, but they’re gothic and strange. The doctrine is eerie and complex and surreal. And the biblical writings are the same.
“Think of a book like Revelation, for example.
“But I think Catholicism–that’s as sane as people can get. (Broadly speaking). We need a metaphysic–a narrative metaphysic to hold us together, and it has to be predicated on something that is transcendent and absolute.
“And if you lose that, then you’ll fall for something else. You’ll fall for something else. Or you’ll fall for nothing, which is no better.”
While Peterson is not Catholic, he claims he is a Christian. Maybe he will convert to Catholicism one day, who knows?