In last week’s episode, we discussed the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, wondering how the Canadian clinical psychologist exploded so quickly in popularity. In this week’s episode, we continue the discussion as Bishop Barron reflects on Peterson’s religious views and Biblical interpretation. A listener wonders why we spend so much money on churches instead of giving it to the poor.


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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction,  Bishop Barron’s upcoming travels
  • 3:10 – What does Bishop Barron like about Jordan Peterson’s religious perspectives?
  • 5:00 – What issues does he take with Peterson’s work?
  • 10:45 – What are Jordan Peterson’s religious views?
  • 16:00 – What does Jordan Peterson believe about the Resurrection and what is Bishop Barron’s reaction?
  • 20:00 – What is the connection between C.S. Lewis and Jordan Peterson?
  • 25:20 – What can Christian evangelists learn from Jordan Peterson?
  • 28:30 – Listener question: How can the Church spend so much money on building fancy churches when there are so many poor people in need?

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4 comments on “WOF 118: Jordan Peterson and Catholicism

  1. Laura Giles Mar 12, 2018

    In a couple of areas Jordon Peterson has been very pro-Catholic. He talks about how seriously Catholics take science and evolution. He also takes about the advantages of the sacrament of confession. I’d like to hear Bishop Barron’s takes on his specific commentary on Catholicism. He also did a recent interview with a Girardian who I think he was very attentive to what the interviewer was discussing. Seems like he is closing in on the Faith. We need to pray for him!

  2. Ted Scafidi Mar 12, 2018

    Enjoyed listening to a churchman whom I admire and respect discussing a clinical psychologist whom I admire and respect. Especially appreciated the clip in which Patrick Coffin tried to pin Dr. Peterson down on the Resurrection. What puzzles me is that Peterson didn’t explore the question of the martyrdom of the Apostles, especially that of St. Paul, as additional support for belief in the Resurrection. Bishop Barron handled listener’s question masterfully with the passage about the anointing with nard. My usual response to that criticism is to say, “Okay. The Church sells off all its worldly assets and gives the proceeds to the poor on Monday. What can we do on Tuesday?” Thanks for these podcasts, and may God continue to bless your work.

  3. Jordan Peterson has become a sensation because of the C16 bill passed in Canada regarding compelled speech for gender address. He refuses to use such because it is legislated in. This has caused a great response from angry feminists and “trans” people. The University of Toronto has also come down on him for not comlying. Now he is being protested against for his views on “White privilege” and Ontario’s school indoctrination of this and Transgender issues etc. Our country is in trouble! Looks like Marksist, communistic spread sweeping across our country with gov’t and university push.

  4. Magdalena Hudson Apr 19, 2018

    Dear Bishop Barron,
    You had a great discussion with Dr WL Craig, you’ve also discussed the Jordan Peterson phenomenon. Dr Craig had a discussion with Jordan Peterson. I would love to hear you analyze their conversation and pinpoint Peterson’s errors in reason, since reason is their enthymeme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDDQOCXBrAw

    Thank you,
    Magdalena Hudson

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