As many of you know, I have been reading Jordan Peterson’s book ‘Twelve Rules for Life’. I have been prayerfully attempting to understand it in light of Christianity. Peterson quotes from the Bible often, but I have struggled to put words to his method of Bible interpretation. Now I have them thanks to C. S. Lewis!
Lewis lived in a time when many people were reinterpreting the Bible. They sometimes called it ‘demythologizing’ because they thought they were replacing myth with fact. But Lewis knew better - he knew that they were substituting their own myth for the Christian story. And that is exactly what Jordan Peterson is doing.
Peterson quotes the Bible - but he puts it within the context of his own myth of evolutionary psychology and Nietzsche and Freud and Jung and psychoanalysis. He makes the Bible a part of his myth - he re-mythologizes it. He replaces the Christian story with the modern myth.
“what they now call ‘demythologizing’ Christianity can easily be ‘re-mythologizing it’ - and substituting a poorer theology for a richer” -C. S. Lewis
What are your thoughts? How have you seen other movies or books re-mythologize Christianity?