As an atheist I never understood why people keep believing in various religions when there is so much scientific evidence against it or at least not enough evidence for it. Now I do:
1:23 “I think people are longing for sense”
That is something many people, at least on the “progressive”, more atheistic side, don’t understand. You can’t just tell someone to stop believing in an entire belief system which guides you. It’s like pulling the rug away under someone’s feet. I really had to lay down much arrogance in regard to religion as I started to see the exact same patterns in socialist-atheist societies, which showed the exact same totalitarian behavior I was blaming religion for.
I still don’t think believing in arbitrary concepts like a supernatural spirit named “god” is a good solution (though thanks to Dr. Peterson I now have a better understanding of some biblical metaphors and their psychological or philosophical meaning), but it has to be recognized that religious beliefs do not only exist to give people explanations for natural phenomena or other things they don’t understand (like many atheists believe), but because it offers a sense of meaning and direction. You cannot expect people to throw away a system which has guided them their entire lifes, because this is what you do when you tell religious people to stop believing in god. What should they do then with their ethics which comes from “god”? How should they interpret the world? No wonder atheism looks like nihilism to many religious folks (“without god, anything goes”). I think it’s possible to create a coherent naturalistic, atheistic philosophical view of the world (Ayn Rands approach looks plausible to me for example), but you have to articulate and offer it to people as an alternative.
Maybe these aren’t big news to some, but this was something that bugged me for years and I’m excited to finally understand it.