the radicalism in christianity is in its structure. it was *1st time* in :any: belief system, that *everybody* got their souls (not bodies & not lives, but at least their souls, which was a start) treated equally.Holy shit I'm laughing so hard, I never made the connection, but that's so apt. Peterson's word games aren't impressive. He's not as smart as he or his fans thinks he is. Peterson: Renegade Angel indeed. I wonder if he plays the shakashuri?
This reminds of again of Dawkins's The God Delusion. People, including Peterson specifically, criticize Dawkins on a variety of grounds, most of them having nothing to do with what he set out to do in the book or actual things Dawkins has said. Peterson insulted Dawkins, saying that he was refuting a six year old's version of god (which itself is bullshit, both today and historically) when Dawkins both specifically went out of his way in the book to start off defining in a general way what he meant by "god" and everything AND specifically leaving out people exactly like Peterson, who is of a certain type of "intellectual." Dawkins himself specifically says he's not sure what they actually do believe, but he's probably not addressing them.
Peterson needs to cut the crap, people have a general sense of what a "god" is and everyone knows what "believe" means here. This isn't a cause for splitting hairs. Maybe there is a discussion between what exactly a god is and what omnipotence entails but almost nobody in the world believes in their god or gods as some grand literary metaphor.
And these new Christian "intellectuals" that talk about how great Jesus was make me roll my eyes, all that morality was hammered out by philosophers way before Jesus was born. Jesus would've been impressive if he preached against stuff like slavery, but he didn't.
Peterson's not a bad guy or anything, he means well, but it's pretty sad that this is what we have to rally ourselves behind if we hate the social justice bullshit. No wonder intersectional left is only gaining ground...
that meant all souls: "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus"--that was unheard of, very heady shit.
the concept of all souls being held equally accountable in the hereafter? had never been tried before in history.
we take this utterly for granted now but as Elaine Pagels writes, early Christianity brought them in droves, for this reason alone. it was earth shatteringly radical & new. for this reason jesus didn't have to elaborate much. the fact he was deliberately speaking to *everybody* & not just rich Brahmins or a certain scholarly/priestly class, was the thing. (the play's the thing)
read Elaine Pagels, gnostic gospels & esp "Beyond Belief". ( in fact i think peterson has stolen a good bit from her. )