I stumbled upon a Jordan Peterson video who joined a normally political discussion program called Q&A in Australia. I would not have watched it except I saw Peterson’s name as it’s usually a left wing, very anti-religious program.
I was astonished towards the end that there was a question that was even allowed to be asked of this panel by a person on Skype:
One thing I’ve noticed that the topic of human dignity seems to be one that the whole panel agrees upon.
Do you believe in God?; because as a Catholic I don’t see any other way we can have a universal dignity beyond there being a God who’s created us.
The panel consisted of:
Alex Hawke (Liberal MP), Terri Butler (Labor MP), Cathryn McGregor (a transgender author and activist who served as a member of the Australian Defence Force. She has also worked as a cricket commentator.) Van Badham (feminist and Marxist) and Jordan Peterson.
(info from wikipedia)
All the panels gave an answer and I was hugely surprised at the answers. None were atheists, only one was agnostic. Interestingly Jordan Peterson was the only one that didn’t give an answer and said he doesn’t like the question. Peterson said “I act as if God exists, and I’m terrified that he might.”
Video below will play at the start of the question. (Apologies, but the discourse platform only seems to play 5 mins of youtube videos so you may need to watch on youtube for all answers)
A couple of quite eye-opening answers for me personally was one panelist was a devout Christian who was a Marxist, and also a strong feminist. Another prays daily who was brought up Catholic, was then a militant atheist, and now devoutly religious and is welcome in the Anglican church…
Do you think that belief in God is self-evident for all humanity? If this is the case, then perhaps the message of who Jesus Christ is, and what he has done really not that far away from people that we might think?
I’m really interested in others comments regarding this. I’m not interested in discussing the individual people on the panel or their backgrounds as that’s probably not appropriate for this forum, other than to note that with such a wide variety of views, nobody confirmed they are an atheist. The fact that this question was even allowed on the show, and that all the panelists gave answers astonished me somewhat.