During a recent podcast with guest Jonathan Pageau, famous clinical psychologist and YouTube star Jordan Peterson offered fascinating detail about feeling irresistibly drawn to the person of Jesus Christ. The Canadian professor describes his journey as equal parts "amazement" and "terror."
Discussing the role of conscience and its meaning from both a psychological and biological perspective, Peterson noted how their intersection points incontrovertibly to a spiritual origin that defies explanation.
"But the thing is, is the deeper you go into biology the more it shades into something which appears to be religious because you start analyzing the fundamental structure of the psyche itself and it becomes something…well, with a power that transcends your ability to resist it," Peterson exclaims.
As Peterson continued to talk, his remarks began centering around the person of Jesus Christ. Expressing his belief in the physical existence and historical record of Jesus, the professor became noticeably emotional as he commented, "I probably believe that, but I'm amazed at my own belief and I don't understand it."
"[I]n some sense, I believe it's undeniable," he said, fighting through tears. "You know, we have narrative sense of the world. For me that's been the world of morality, that's the world that tells us how to act. It's real, we treat it like it's real. It's not the objective world, but the narrative and the objective world touch.
And the ultimate example of that in principle is supposed to be Christ," Peterson continued. "But I don't know what to do with that – it seems to me to be oddly plausible. But I still don't know what to make of it. Partly because it's too terrifying a reality to fully believe. I don't even know what would happen to you if you fully believed it."
The professor also describes the bizarre sensation of feeling spiritually empowered to put faith in Christ.
Though Peterson never explicitly declares a conversion to Christ, the full conversation indicates that could very well be the direction he is headed.
The full podcast can be seen here, beginning with the relevant portion at 12 minutes: