Jordan Peterson has taken the world by storm within the past few years, advocating for conservative principles and giving life guidance to young people.
In 2018, Peterson, also a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, published “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” combining “cutting-edge scientific research” with “hard-won truths of ancient tradition” into one book filled with practical life advice. This year, Peterson published its sequel, “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.”
For his efforts to help people live a good life, Peterson seems to have, once again, won the attention of the left.
A new comic issue of Captain America, which is written by leftist author Ta-Nehisi Coates, depicts Captain America’s arch-villain the Red Skull parodying Peterson.
According to the National Post, “One frame in particular shows Red Skull touting his ‘ten rules for life,’ an apparent reference to Peterson’s best-selling 2018 book 12 Rules for Life. The villain, whose head is literally a red skull, is seen expounding on the topics of ‘chaos and order,’ both of which have been themes of Peterson’s books.”
Speaking to Chris Williamson in an interview, Peterson responded to the controversy. “I didn’t expect it. It really threw me for a loop to begin with,” he said.
“I mean it’s really something to see yourself portrayed… as a, I’ve been called a Nazi before, it’s not pleasant, but this is one step beyond that. I mean, Nazi apparently isn’t enough. I have to be a magical super-Nazi,” he added.
Peterson, who is not currently a Christian, seems to have been on a journey of faith recently. The controversy over the Red Skull swirled just weeks after Peterson appeared to have a deeply emotional moment while publicly contemplating Jesus Christ. He began to cry during an interview while discussing the historicity of Jesus Christ (Around 22 minutes in).
Speaking of the difference between mythical gods and Christ, Peterson says, “There’s a historical representation of his existence as well… you can debate about whether he actually lived… but there’s a sense in which it doesn’t matter because there’s still a historical story, and so what you have in the figure of Christ is an actual person who actually lived, plus a myth, and in some sense Christ is the union of those two things…
“The problem is, I probably believe that, but I’m amazed at my own belief and I don’t understand it, because I’ve seen,” Peterson said, before trailing off as his voice began breaking.
“Sometimes, the objective world and the narrative world touch. You know that’s union synchronicity, and I’ve seen that many times in my own life, and so in some sense I believe that’s undeniable.
“But the narrative and the objective world touch, and the ultimate example of that in principle is supposed to be Christ… and that seems to me oddly plausible. But I still don’t know what to make of it, partly, because it’s too terrifying a reality to fully believe. I don’t even know what would happen to you if you fully believed it,” Peterson said.
It’s hard not to be touched by Peterson’s intelligence and seeming openness to faith in Jesus Christ.
Would you join me in praying for Jordan Peterson? Pray that Christ, who seems to already be working in Peterson’s life, will continue to do so, and that he may soon come to faith in the historical Messiah who not only lived 2,000 years ago, but still lives today.
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