Speaking with host Dennis Prager at the 2019 PragerU summit last week, popular intellectual Jordan Peterson explained why he doesn’t like being asked if he believes in God and won’t publicly identify as a Christian.
Prager sparked the comments by noting that “one of the most important things” Peterson repeatedly says is that he “lives as if there were a God.”
“People ask me if I believe in God … people kept asking me that question, which I really don’t like,” Peterson responded. “I don’t like that question, so I sat and thought about it for a good while and I tried to figure out why. And I thought, well … who would have the audacity to claim that they believed in God? If they examined the way they lived, who would dare say that?”
“To believe, to believe in a Christian sense, to actually — this is why [Friedrich] Nietzsche said there was only ever one Christian and that was Christ — to have the audacity to claim that, means that you live it out fully. And that’s an unbearable task in some sense,” he continued.
Peterson then referenced a recent event with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, and noted that he “said something very brilliant” about God.
“He talked about Christ’s moment of crises on the cross, when he cried out to God that he had been forsaken,” Peterson explained. “And what Žižek said, was that what that meant was that the conditions of human existence are so tragic that even God himself in human form lost faith for a moment in the goodness of being.”
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Amanda Prestigiacomo and originally published at The Dailywire. Title changed by P&P.]
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