At Purley Chase Centre we have launched a discussion group based on ideas found in Jordan Peterson’s NY Times bestselling book ‘12 Rules for Life.’
In ’12 Rules for Life,’ Peterson has written a guide for people to intelligently navigate through life.
What is particularly interesting about the ‘rules’ is that Peterson draws on scriptural references and actively calls on the reader to create an ethical framework for their life – to embrace the opportunity to take responsibility and in the process develop a ‘spiritual core’ which can be drawn on through life’s ups and downs. The book examines the being that is God and the being that is ‘us;’ Peterson looks at goodness and truth and contrasts these fundamentals with what we have now come to accept as cultural norms.
In this discussion group series, we will have the opportunity to reflect on key ideas from ‘12 Rules for Life’ and look at our own lives, beliefs and start to grasp ideas around the nature of existence itself.
Although each group discussion has a theme and can be seen as a standalone event, the sessions are designed to build on the concepts and ideas covered in the previous one. Below are the themes and dates for each discussion:
1: The death of God – 7pm Monday 15th July
2: Freedom to live in positivity or negativity – 7pm Monday 12th August
3: Divine revelation – is the Bible true or just a myth? – 7pm Monday 9th September
4: Good and evil – 7pm Monday 14th October
5: Does everything need to make sense before we believe in it? – 7pm Monday 11th November
6: Truth and lies – why telling the truth matters – 7pm Monday 9th December
About the author of ‘12 Rules for Life’: Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief.
Throughout ‘12 Rules for Life’ Peterson draws many illustrations from the Bible which he describes as follows:
The Bible is a series of books written, edited and assembled over thousands of years. It contains the most influential stories of mankind. Knowledge of those stories is essential to a deep understanding of Western culture, which is in turn vital to proper psychological health (as human beings are cultural animals) and societal stability. These stories are neither history, as we commonly conceive it, nor empirical science. Instead, they are investigations into the structure of Being itself and as calls to action within that Being they have deep psychological significance.
Discussion group leaders: Alison Southcombe and Stephen Russell-Lacy
Alison is Programme Leader at Purley Chase Centre and includes within her ministry: group art and creative projects, leading discussion and study groups, working with young people in the natural environment at Purley and leading a small group that meet together to sing Taizé and enjoy the contemplative tradition.
Stephen is a clinical psychologist, writer and teacher applying Swedenborgian and related ideas to everyday life.
Booking: The series of meetings is free. Attenders may wish to make a donation to cover hot drinks and biscuits. You can book in the following ways:
- Via the booking form below
- Using Eventbrite
- By phone – contact Purley Chase Centre on: 01827 712 370