Published December 23, 2021
I do not believe that popular public intellectual and psychologist Jordan Peterson is a Christian, nor has he identified as a believer. Indeed, as the Canadian intellectual skyrocketed to fame, he spoke of Christianity only as an outsider. In his more recent work, however, it is apparent that Peterson is God-haunted. He’s a spiritualist who attempts to ground morality and ethics in the confluence of evolutionary theory, myth, and psychology.
But, more recently, he has been remarkably respectful of Christianity. One does not see in Peterson the cynicism and wrath that typifies the New Atheists. He’s made statements that suggest, ironically, he understands the cosmological and existential gravity of Jesus Christ better than some Christians.
Andrew T. Walker is the managing editor of WORLD Opinions and serves as associate professor of Christian ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a fellow with The Ethics and Public Policy Center. He resides with his family in Louisville, Ky.