Last night I managed to destroy five years of blogging. I hope to, when I am back home, get my saved versions of the blog reinstalled and that may bring back the text… but not the 400 mb of data. So, this morning, I am thinking about what is it that I do with the lectionary posts.
Why do I bother? I could be sleeping. I could be at the crossfit box early. I could make tea and wak the dogs.
I don’t do this for academic promotion, though at times the blog allows me to say things that would get those who like order upset, and this is not work. I still work in a society where you are allowed to have private opinions.
But the main reason I read the Bible is that I don’t want to get into the error of Petersen, and not read the sources. For our salvation, the source is Christ, and the words proclaimed by the apostles for our salvation.
Reading the commenaries of this blog will not save you. The work of the holy spirit may and the words he inspired are not my own but the scripture. Otherwise, like Petersen, we are broken.
This determinism supports his first rule about standing up straight with broad shoulders. Posture is an expression of dominance. What is ironic about this rule is that Peterson doesn’t show intellectual dominance; he is unable to make a powerful, upright argument. Instead, he repeats hunched-over Darwinian cliches through lazy analogies and silly deterministic narratives.
The second rule is “Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible For Helping.” Peterson opens by puzzling over examples where people fail to take their own medication or, far worse, giving medication to their pets more frequently than taking their own. This is what Aristotle called akrasia, the weakness of will present when we act against our best judgments. For the second time, Peterson fails to see that he is in dialogue with Aristotle. Peterson eventually turns to a psychoanalytic reading of Genesis to understand this akratic problem.
He repeats his major preoccupation in Maps of Meaning: the Carl Jung-inspired ying yang of chaos and order. Peterson’s method here is iterative. He repeats “chaos is X” and “order is Y”, or makes similes about them. For instance: “Chaos is freedom, dreadful freedom, too. Order, by contrast, is explored territory.” Or, on taxes: “When your tax return has been filed, that’s order. When you’re audited, that’s chaos.” On Tolkien: “Order is the Shire of Tolkien’s hobbits… Chaos is underground kingdom of the dwarves, usurped by Smaug.” If you don’t follow his points, neither do I.
Elsewhere in the book Peterson occasionally promises that he is not a dualist or a Manichean. But it is impossible to see anything else in this series of disconnected assertions. There are no reasons, evidence, or arguments presented; just chaos is this, order is that.
The closest thing to evidence for chaos and order may be when Peterson returns to his cognitive Darwinism, assuring us that “[o]ur brains respond instantly when chaos appears, with simple, hyper-fast circuits maintained from the ancient days, when our ancestors dwelled in trees, and snakes struck in a flash.”
Sam Rocha, CNA
The trouble is that the Greek Philosophers are thought of as hard. They are not that difficult: but they are not without errors. One of the reasons that the Catholic Journalists can remove our pretentions is that they still have enough people who were catechized correctly and understand that Thomas is the classifier and systemtizer.
They have the intellectual armamentarium to cut through the cant of this day. Petersen’s education was too scientific and does not have enough old books in it, and it shows when he speculates. It is a common flaw in any mental health conference, when we get too far from our data, and the flaws in our studies.
The purpose of writing the blog’s lectionary posts is that we will all move to a state of maturity, where the fashions of this time are seen but as noise, and we are secure in the gospel and our faith.
1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” 9(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
My crunchy branch of Christendom — the calvinists — have been accused of being cold and unfeeling. To by the book. Not engaging our emotions. Some of this is true, and the Petersens of this world would say that the reason I’m Calvinist is because I’m introverted. I hate mandatory hugs and kumbaya. But the reason that scripture is here is because it calls us from the errors of this age.
Petersen would be better to say that structure is God ordained, which is unfashionable. We want to be equal, but this equality leads to competition and (if one is going to read one’s Hobbes) war, for if a man is not restrained by something greater than himself then there is no need to resrain one’s violence and take that which he covets.
But Hobbes was wise enough to say that his Leviathan had God at its head. The modern state considers itself to be as God, and has proclaimed equality and materialism as its virtues. These man cannot stand, and the pagans (Islamists included) are rapidly entering that vacuum.
And Petersen would be better to say that the structure that we are given for th church has a purpose. It is not there to score intellectual points — these often lead to errors, and Hobbes himself gives an example of this.
But by Beleeving In, as it is in the Creed, is meant, not trust in the Person; but Confession and acknowledgement of the Doctrine. For not onely Christians, but all manner of men do so believe in God, as to hold all for truth they heare him say, whether they understand it, or not; which is all the Faith and trust can possibly be had in any person whatsoever: But they do not all believe the Doctrine of the Creed.
From whence we may inferre, that when wee believe any saying whatsoever it be, to be true, from arguments taken, not from the thing it selfe, or from the principles of naturall Reason, but from the Authority, and good opinion wee have, of him that hath sayd it; then is the speaker, or person we believe in, or trust in, and whose word we take, the object of our Faith; and the Honour done in Believing, is done to him onely. And consequently, when wee Believe that the Scriptures are the word of God, having no immediate revelation from God himselfe, our Beleefe, Faith, and Trust is in the Church; whose word we take, and acquiesce therein. And they that believe that which a Prophet relates unto them in the name of God, take the word of the Prophet, do honour to him, and in him trust, and believe, touching the truth of what he relateth, whether he be a true, or a false Prophet. And so it is also with all other History. For if I should not believe all that is written By Historians, of the glorious acts of Alexander, or Caesar; I do not think the Ghost of Alexander, or Caesar, had any just cause to be offended; or any body else, but the Historian. If Livy say the Gods made once a Cow speak, and we believe it not; wee distrust not God therein, but Livy. So that it is evident, that whatsoever we believe, upon no other reason, than what is drawn from authority of men onely, and their writings; whether they be sent from God or not, is Faith in men onely.
My faith is not in the theologians. It is not in Calvin. Or Sproul, or Schaeffer, or in my respect shared with Petersen, of Solzynistyn. It is in Christ, who inspired the prophets. I claim tha scripture is god filled, and it is different from our speculations. In it the plan of salvation is revealed. And without it we are left with mere myth and speculation.
Do not be concerned by the fashions of this elite, nor their political virtue signals, nor the fecklessness of the leaders in the church who call themselves apostles and prophets but are not. Instead rely on Christ, who descended to the depths of hell to save the last soul who had called on him. If he did that, he can do it for you.
In him put his trust, for he is more than mere man.