The Death and Resurrection of Christ: A Commentary in Five Parts

This video is derived from five sources:

Part 1: The Nature of Experience (from my first book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief:

Part 2: Some Axioms of the Christian Revolutionary Story (created for this video)

Part 3: Narratives and Sacrifice (taken from Rule 7: Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient, in my new book, 12 Rules for Life (

Part 4: On the Ark of the Covenant, the Cathedral and the Cross: Easter Message I (from my blog at

Part 5: The Psychological Meaning of the Death and Resurrection of Christ: Easter Message II (an extended version of an Easter article I wrote for the London Sunday Times (

The idea of the death and resurrection has a psychological meaning, in addition to its metaphysical and religious significance. It can be thought of as part of the structure of narrative that sits at the basis of our culture. It includes elements of sacrifice (associated with delay of gratification and the discovery of the future) and psychological transformation (as movement forward in life often requires the death of something old and the birth of something new).

This five-part commentary is an attempt to explain such ideas in detail so that they can be understood, as well as “believed.”

Additional relevant links:

My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos:
My first book: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief:

Dr Jordan B Peterson Website:

Self Authoring Suite:
Understand Myself personality test:

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