“It is, of course, completely presumptuous of me to dare to write and broadcast a video entitled ‘Message to the Christian Churches,’” Peterson said at the beginning of his video posted on YouTube. “But I’m going to do it anyway, because I have something to say and because that something needs to be said.”
He said that over the last four years, as he spoke about a psychological approach to the Bible, the majority of his listeners have been young men.
“In the West, because of the weight of historical guilt that is upon us, a variant of the sense of original sin in a very real sense, and because of a very real attempt by those possessed by what might be described as unhelpful ideas to weaponize that guilt, our young people face a demoralization that is perhaps unparalleled,” Peterson said.
This “extremely damaging ideology” consists of three accusations, he explained:
- “Human culture, particularly in the West, is best construed as an oppressive patriarch motivated by the desire, willingness and the ability to use power to attain what are purely selfish and self-serving ends.”
- “The second accusation is that human activity, particularly that undertaken in the West, is fundamentally a planet-despoiling enterprise. The human race is a threat to the ecological utopia that existed before us and could hypothetically exist after us in our absence.”
- “The third accusation is that the prime contributor to the tyranny that makes up the oppressive patriarchy and structures all of our social interactions past and present and the unforgivable despoiling of our beloved mother earth is damnable male ambition, competitive and dominating, power-mad, selfish, exploitative, raping and pillaging.”
The church, Peterson said, should remind people, including young men, “perhaps even first and foremost, that they have a woman to find, a garden to walk in, a family to nurture, an ark to build, a land to conquer… to face stalwartly in truth, devoted to love and without fear.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice