Jordan Peterson’s Christless Christianity (Ep. 119)

May 6, 2023

Jordan Peterson, a psychologist by training and practice, has lectured about the significant influence of the Bible on Western culture since at least 2015, but in the past few years, his incorporation of a positive view of the Bible and Christianity into his brand and messaging has earned him a great deal of attention from Christians, to the point where he is viewed by some as a Christian and by others as drawing closer and closer to Christ. It’s important to note that Peterson is also appreciated for the fact that much of what he says actually makes sense and he is able to address what many see as the confounding social issues of our day with some degree of success. But Jordan Peterson is not a Christian. He has not professed faith in Jesus Christ as his savior, and in those Christian concepts, such as Hell and redemption, that he says he believes in, he is clear that his view of them is in purely carnal/physical terms.

So, why is Jordan Peterson so appealing? How should the church think about his Christless Christianity? And why is the church of Jesus Christ not more effective at explaining to the world how to deal with the problems created by sin? There is much for the church to consider here. Please join us as we discuss this important topic.

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00:00:00 Jordan Who??
00:04:58 Where are the Christians?
00:07:35 His Gospel
00:16:29 Does He Say Anything Good?
00:21:25 The Authority of Truth
00:30:58 The Church’s Failure
00:36:14 Need for Purpose
00:38:12 Suffering Has Purpose
00:43:32 Men Should Lead
00:44:58 Boldness and Humility
00:51:06 Rule 1: Stand Up Straight
00:52:18 Rule 2: Help Yourself
00:55:31 Rule 3: Make Good Friends
00:56:41 Rule 4: Compare Yourself to Yesterday
00:58:14 Rule 5: Don’t Let Your Children Be Obnoxious
00:59:58 Rule 6: Set Your House in Order
01:00:31 Rule 7: Pursue the Meaningful
01:02:13 Rule 8: Don’t Lie
01:02:38 Rule 9: Assume You Can Learn
01:05:01 Rule 10: Speak Precisely
01:07:16 Rule 11: Don’t Stop Skateboarders
01:08:47 Rule 12: Pet a Cat
01:09:50 Tears Down God’s Authority
01:18:46 Only a Veneer of Christianity
01:21:08 Should You Listen to Him?

Production of Reformation Baptist Church of Youngsville, NC
Hosts – Dan Horn, Jonathan Sides, Charles Churchill and Joshua Horn
Technical Director – Timothy Kaiser
Theme Music – Gabriel Hudelson

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