The Appeal and Importance of Peterson

Jordan Peterson speaks to a generation that hears nothing but rights and privileges - but nothing about responsibilities

Clean your room. Stand up straight. Live truthfully and forthrightly in the world. These are some of the maxims of…

If you ask his critics, they will say that Dr. Peterson dos not differentiate himself markedly from other motivational speakers like Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, or Eckhart Tolle. After all, Osteen fills the former Houston Rockets stadium on a weekly basis and Tolle’s The Power of Now remained a New York Times Bestseller for years, with some help from Oprah Winfrey. Certainly, there is a long history of charismatic snake oil salesmen using a thin veneer or religion or philosophy to shake down a vulnerable audience. On first glance, Jordan Peterson’s seemingly simplistic rhetoric appears to fit that profile. Having listened to Dr. Peterson’s 14-part biblical lecture series and read his book Twelve Rules for Life, I think he is not only genuine and insightful, but a necessary voice in today’s culture.

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