(OPINION) Famed psychologist Jordan Peterson spoke about the importance of the Bible as the centerpiece of ideas, noting it was essentially “the first book” and that it served as the basis on which other cultural knowledge was built.

“Now, in many ways, the first book was the Bible … for a while literally there was only one book,” Peterson told popular podcast host Joe Rogan. “Before it was the Bible, it was scrolls, writings on papyrus.”

The famous author and psychologist noted that most other books were, thus, birthed from the Bible, which he described as a robust collection of texts. “All of those books in some sense emerged out of that underlying book,” Peterson said. “And that book itself … the Bible itself isn’t a book. It’s a library. It’s a collection of books.”


He argued that the Bible is a text “upon which other texts depend.” This essentially means that scripture occupies a special place in displaying, setting, and perpetuating truth.

“It isn’t that the Bible is true. It’s that the Bible is the precondition for the manifestation of truth, which makes it way more true than just true,” Peterson continued. “It’s a whole different kind of true. I think this is not only literally the case, factually. I think it can’t be any other way. It’s the only way we can solve the problem of perception.” FULL REPORT

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