I started watching this discussion between a Bishop and a Rabbi and very first topic of discussion was this guy Jordan Peterson. And so I went looking for what this guy was a about and then why these two clergy would even be talking about him. In some sense this is a deja vu for me because it recalls to me the impact of Scott Peck who was also a clinical psychiatrist – someone who had a significant impact on my thinking.
His main claim to media attention is as the author of two books where he relates what he has learned of the human condition in his clinical practice:
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
12 Steps for Life: An Antidote for Chaos
In this his principle message has been to call to our attention the fundamental connection between meaning and responsibility as a much more solid foundation for our lives than the search for happiness. His point is that without roots in something deeper to hold on to, the inevitable/frequent tragedies of life is just going to blow us away.
He has mostly got into trouble recently with his challenges to the some of the premises of radical feminism. I think perhaps he bends things a little too much but he does make some good points. I was raised in pretty die hard feminism but I am also a male and I can see some areas where things have gone a little out of balance. I have long had sympathies with the male liberation movement (i.e. liberation from expectations which measure manhood by our fit with traditional roles). Then there has been recent observations (by women), that marriage has become something of a losing proposition for men. On the other hand, I have no sympathy whatsoever with anti-abortionist arguments which would deny the right of choice for abortion without question during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy - not as long as rape is a reality. In summary, I suppose I would simply say that feminism is a very complicated issue and there are a lot of assumptions that should be examined carefully.
But this still doesn’t really address why his name came up in a religious discussion. So I kept looking until I found his public talks on the topic of “Psychological Significance of Biblical Stories.”
Just thought I would bring up the subject on the forum before I finish my first foray into this and give you my own impressions.