“I think that it is no bloody wonder that the faith is declining.”
Jordan Peterson warned of the end of Christianity and Western civilization on Wednesday after Cambridge University canceled his visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity.
Cambridge had offered Peterson the fellowship and he announced he was accepting it Monday on his YouTube channel. But earlier Wednesday, the venerable university publicly rescinded its offer, saying that after further review, it had determined that Peterson did not share its “inclusive” values.
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“[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot,” a spokesperson for the university told The Guardian.
Students and faculty had protested the fellowship, apparently objecting to Peterson’s proudly “politically incorrect” views about gender, race, climate change,
Peterson responded to a terse tweet by Cambridge about its decision with a fire-and-brimstone screed. He said he had hoped to deepen his knowledge of the Bible ahead of a series of lectures he is planning on the Book of Exodus, which he anticipated would be highly influential.
After all, he noted, his 2017 talks on Genesis have been viewed over 10 million times and downloaded as podcasts millions more.
“I don’t think there is another modern religious/psychological phenomenon or happening that is genuinely comparable,” he added.
Unfortunately, Peterson continued, Cambridge had chosen not to participate in his Second Coming out of apparent deference to the orthodoxy of “diversity-inclusivity-equity.”
“I think that it is deeply unfortunate that the authorities at the Divinity school in Cambridge decided that kowtowing to an ill-informed, ignorant and ideologically-addled mob trumped participating in an extensive online experiment in mass Christian and psychological education,” he said.
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By missing the chance to spread the gospel via him, Peterson suggested, Cambridge may have doomed Christianity and Western civilization.
“Given the continued decline of church attendance, the rise in atheistic or agnostic sentiment, the increasing irrelevance of theological education and the collapse in interest in such matters among young people, wiser and more profound decisions might have been made,” he said.
“You see, it matters whether people around the world understand these ancient stories. It deeply matters. We are becoming unmoored, because we no longer share the structure these stories undergird. This is psychologically destabilizing. It’s producing a pathological and desperate nihilism that is increasingly common and, at the same time, a pronounced proclivity for the ideological certainty that mimics but cannot replace true religious belief. Both consequences are bound to be, as the evidence certainly indicates, divisive and truly dangerous.”
Peterson concluded: “I think that it is no bloody wonder that the faith is declining (and with it, the values of the West, as it fragments) with cowards and mountebanks of the sort who manifested themselves today at the helm. I wish them the continued decline in relevance over the next few decades that they deeply and profoundly and diligently work toward and deserve.”
In a statement, Cambridge University students’ union said: “We are relieved to hear that Jordan Peterson’s request for a visiting fellowship to Cambridge’s faculty of divinity has been rescinded following further review. It is a political act to associate the University with an academic’s work through offers which legitimise figures such as Peterson.
“His work and views are not representative of the student body and as such we do not see his visit as a valuable contribution to the University, but one that works in opposition to the principles of the University.”
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