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In a recent interview on the PBS show "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover," Peterson was asked a question, the gist of which he's received many times before.
"I want to ask you about your personal faith. Christians who watch you have listened closely, over the last two years, about whether you self-identify as a Christian or not. ... Why not take on this question of the existence of God?"
That is precisely the question that many Christians (and atheists for that matter) would like Peterson to give a concrete answer to. But his response, though not as clear-cut as they'd like, has been consistent for a very long time. And in the "Firing Line" interview, he gave a slightly amplified version.
"It isn't obvious what belief means. People think that what they believe is what they say they believe. I don't believe that. I believe that what people believe is what they act out. And so I said, 'I act as if God exists.' That's a sufficient statement as far as I'm concerned. You know, what's the old saying? 'By their fruits, ye shall know them.' Same idea, right? It's a matter of action and a matter of commitment. It's not a matter of me parading out my explicit statements about a metaphysical reality that's virtually impossible to comprehend. You risk when you reduce, and I'm not willing to do that. And I'm not interested in providing people with easy answers." (emphasis mine)
Immediately before giving that answer, Jordan said, "It's not something to reduce to a sound bite, fundamentally." I think there is a lot of truth to that. But that's exactly what we often desire. We want the simple sound bite. The 240 character or less, tweetable proposition. Whether you're a Christian or not, we like everything boiled down to broth, when in reality, these meaty issues require something far more substantial.
Like it or not, Jordan Peterson's answer is quite good: "I act as if God exists." I took note of it the first time I heard him say it, and it has been stuck in my mind ever since.
Calvary Chapel | Act as if God Exists
From 2008 to 2012, Hoover was a Fox News contributor where she appeared on Bill O'Reilly's top-rated show The O'Reilly Factor. In the branded segment "Culture Warrior", she jousted with O'Reilly on a range of topics from entertainment news, to popular culture, to Hollywood and politics. Since 2012, she has been a political contributor for CNN. In April 2018 it was announced she will host the PBS show Firing Line.
She has been a frequent guest on Bill Maher's Real Time on HBO, and has appeared on NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, ABC's Good Morning America, at MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, and C-SPAN Book TV. In 2014, she hosted the Toyota Solutions Studio at the Women In The World conference held at Lincoln Center where Hoover interviewed several participants including comedian Sarah Silverman and her sister rabbi Susan Silverman, the Peruvian poet Senna, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, and United Nations Under-Secretary General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Margaret Hoover is the host of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, a relaunch of National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr.'s public affairs television show, Firing Line that aired on PBS for 33 years, the longest-running public affairs show in television history with a single host.
People think that what they believe is what they say they believe. I don't believe that. I believe that what people believe is what they act out. And so I said, 'I act as if God exists.'
originally posted by: Specimen
Who doesn't want to believe an old man hurling thunder bolts at a giant snake monster that resulted in the speration of the land, sea and the sky.
Anyone who doesn't crazy.
originally posted by: all2human
He's a closet Christian
The metaphysical and the religious co-occur and Miracles happen with regards to the resurrection"
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: Blue_Jay33
I agree with a lot of what I've heard from Peterson, but I disagree on this one.
It seems to me that most people start out, or are raised as one sort of religious or other, then later become agnostic when those religions prove to be nothing but hollow words of hypocrites, scammers and people frightened by their own mortality.