Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Intellectualizing God out of the Bible

Some folks spend too much time in secular edjamakation centers and get into a habit of intellectualizing too many things. That is, they commence to pondering the minutiae of many things, and making a mighty great mess of it all instead of starting with the plain intent. A certain tinhorn named Dr. Jordan Peterson does that very thing with the Bible — especially Genesis — and unfortunately, he has many followers.


Jordan Peterson is dismissing Bible believers and replacing the meaning of Scripture with weird Jungian psychology and atheistic philosophies.
Credit: Freeimages / Sar Castillo
I'll make no apology that he's not the kind of guy I'd like to have lunch with. From excerpts in his books it's easy to see that he's condescending and rejects the God of the Bible. He labels people who believe in creation, the global Flood, even the historical account of the Mosaic writings as fundamentalists. Like so many other labels, it has become vague and has many connotations nowadays, and is primarily used to stir up negative emotions.  Peterson doesn't tell us how he defines a fundamentalist. But then, he's smarter than you and me, so he prolly don't need to.



Looking down from his high horse, he dismisses fundamentalists outright. Apparently, he categorizes those of us who believe the Bible are stupid jaspers, and he is superior to us because he's a (pseudo) intellectual. He argues from atheistic and evolutionary presuppositions, including the complex scientific principle of Making Things Up™. Jordan emotionally manipulates his audiences with assertions, smug superiority, and implicit ridicule of those who disagree with his pronouncements about Moses and Jungian psychology. That's just plain weird, old son. I'll take the clear meaning of God's Word (with the help of scholars who actually believe it when it comes to the difficult parts) instead of accepting the say-so of a disbelieving "scholar" any time.
We recently listened to a lecture series on the psychological significance of the biblical stories by Dr. Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at Toronto University. It has taken a long time to distill the hours of lectures down to a form that can be examined in something as short as this article. It was a daunting task! However, the first lecture alone has over 2.5 million views on YouTube, indicating that Peterson’s lectures have a real audience, so it is worth talking about them here. His lectures are generally admired by his devotees, in much the same way that faithful churchgoers regard the sermons of their pastor; however, we found them intensely tedious, rambling, and hard to follow.
To read the rest, click on "Is Genesis psychology or history? A response to Jordan Peterson".



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