Outline of Jordan Peterson Biblical Studies II

  • Begin with a discussion of consciousness. What does consciousness mean? The word extracts out habitable order. We encounter a formless and chaotic potential as human beings. Consciousness gives it form. This is how people act. There is something about a person, their potential if they participate in the process properly.
  • 8:00 3 causal elements in mythology. one is the formless potential that is given a feminine nature, second is an interpreted structure to grapple with that potential, Immanuel Kant, akin to God the Father, something deeply structural. Third, consciousness itself in the individual. The structure has a capacity for action in the world. You’re the spirit that gives the dead structure life.
  • The speaking of the son is what turns chaos into order. Your very body is an interpretive structure.
  • 11:00 Humans are made in the image of God. It’s not obvious why people would come up with this structure. It’s counter intuitive. Cornerstone of our legal system. Individual sovereignty developed over a long time. We dispense with something at our serious peril. You act that idea out.
  • 13:40 A God of tradition and structure and the son is verbal. There is something to speech that is more than mere thought. It is something shaped by others. It is put forward in the word as a causal element but subject to mutual shaping. Advocate of free speech above all.
  • 15;00 : the dream by which we dreamed up consciousness and localize it. by John there is an element of God that acts in a living way with the potential of the world.
  • 16:30 you act in the material world as if you are in a place of potential. You can transform. we treat each other as if we have free choice and free will. Societies that are predicated that we don’t don’t do very well. It’s an insult to suggest to someone that they’re not in charge of their choices. Legally it’s diminished capacity.
  • 18:30 how people act and how they want to be treated and trace it back to some metaphysical connection
  • 18:53 reading the text.
  • toho wavohu he understands as endless deep potential.


  • 1:05 There are ways of being in the world that justify the world and there are ways of being in the world that make the world unbearable (suicidal). The narrative that runs through the Biblical stories is a dialogue that runs between those two types of being. The optimistic side of the story is that being requires limitation and suffering, there is no escape from that but there are modes of being that make it even more than tolerable, even good. It’s a straight and narrow road. It’s a difficult road to tread. There are ways that you can act to make things worse. Everyone knows that. Why not imagine there are ways that you can act to make things better? Way worse? Yes, so why not also way way better? Being that offers limitation and suffering and a way of being that transcends that?
  • 1:06:58 The Human imaginations best attempt to answer the question of whether being is better than non-being.
  • 1:07:45 The mere act of lifting up that weight is enough to justify…
  • So they look for people they admire.
  • 1:20:37 The reason you need profound knowledge is that life is a profound problem. You can shelted back and try life a conservative mode of existence but it doesn’t shelter you from having to address the problems of life. It would be better if you could confront them full on and deal with them properly. That’s what wisdom…
  • 1:21:12 Wisdom is what enables you to deal honorably with the tragedy of life. There will be times in an emergency room. To be strong and reliable to be wise. To put yourself together. That’s history and the humanities. Man does not live by bread alone.
  • 1:33:1 reiterates his “rational as possible” and dismissive atheist critics
  • 1:33:45 Image of God “It’s not easy to understand how human beings came up with this idea…” That itself is an interesting way of phrasing it.
  • 1:37:16 DNA was so complicated it had to come from space.

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