Yeah - Peterson isn’t for everybody; not by a long shot. My own family doesn’t have much use for libertarians (which he definitely is - though one of the ‘left-leaning’ ones until it comes to sexual identity I suppose). I think in this particular podcast he serves as a useful foil for Bishop Barron, who I have frequently linked to around here, so that might be why he looks familiar to you, @SkovandOfMitaze.
Standard wisdom is that Peterson has a large appeal to a sizeable portion of young white men (and though that is probably the vast majority of his enthusiasts, it is by no means entirely limited to whites, nor men.) So I can understand the reactions of many who will note that we’ve already got a culture saturated with white male angst - who needs any more? That may be fair enough, but I do like to keep my finger on the pulse of what attracts such a large portion of western young people around here today. So I’m not afraid of listening to what he says. And it’s instructive to hear Barron interact with somebody who, sympathetic as he may be, just doesn’t check all the religious boxes that Christians might wish.
There were many points of note, but I’ll throw out one or two here.
About 49 minutes in, Barron conjectures that modern western culture may be the first culture ever to try to “emancipate” itself from the conviction that there is something beyond us - beyond our control or intellectual reach, to which we must be accountable, or at least are obliged to respectfully take it into account as we live our lives. It might not have been “God” or anything like modern organized religion, but all prior cultures had at least harbored some notion of some “power” or “darkness” or “sacred unknown” … a ‘something beyond’ which would not be neglected as a consideration in their culture. Barron postulates (rightly I think) about the dire consequences of our modern eschewal of this notion.
This phrase (about 40 minutes in) of Barron’s also caught my attention: “It’s the love of God that lights up the fires of hell. God has us coming and going.”
Interesting to hear where Barron took that.