I haven't been as impressed with his mythology talks but he does make a compelling argument about religions role in an increasingly atheist world that I wish more people would hear and consider.
Same here. I feel he makes the best establishment argument in favor of religion's role in society and against a purely materialistic rationalist view of the world that I've ever heard...and as a glutton for punishment I've heard a lot of them.
i've only a passing familiarity with peterson, but perhaps this is relevant--will durant, writing in 1935, about religion and philosophy in babylon:
"A naton is born stoic, and die epicurean. At its cradle . . . religion stands, and philosophy accompanies it to the grave. In the beginning of all cultures a strong religious faith conceals and softens the nature of things, and gives men courage to bear pain and hardship patiently; at every step the gods are with them, and will not let them perish, until they do. Even then a firm faith will explain that it was the sins of the people that turned their gods to an avenging wrath; evil does not destroy faith but strengthens it. If victory comes, if war is forgotten in security and peace, then wealth grows; the life of the body gives way, in the dominant classes, to the life of the senses and the mind; toil and sufferings are replaced by pleasure and ease; science weakens faith even while thought and comfort weaken virility and fortitutde. At last men begin to doubt the gods; they mourn the tragedy of knowledge, and seek refuge in every passing delight. Achilles is in the beginning, Epicurus at the end. After David comes Job, and after Job, Ecclesiastes."
Really Big Strong Guy: There are a plethora of psychopaths among us.