Grapho : Concordia Seminary Student Journal

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evil, anger, st. paul, ephesians, resentment, sin, bi-hemispheric, bitterness

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Many people eager to confront falsehood and pursue justice or truth do so nourishing a vindictive, bitter, or resentful attitude. Nourishing anger, particularly resentment, is akin to stoking up the archetypal “Luciferian spirit,” according to clinical psychologist and author Jordan Peterson. This spirit presumes: “what I do is all there is to do, what I know is all there is to know.” It is symptomatic of attending to the world in a way overly reliant on a “left-hemisphere” approach, which leads to entrapment in a “self-reflexive virtual world” disconnected from real “other” things, and only really knowing itself, according to psychologist and neuroscience researcher Iain McGilchrist. Both suggest that sustained resentment signals: “I have a problem.” Moreover, they explain how this problem is exacerbated by scientific materialism which distorts our perceptions of ourselves and the world. Their observations have led them, each in their own way, to issue a rallying cry that says we must revise our presumption that we see more than our ancestors and admit that we just see differently—and in many ways less. McGilchrist goes so far as to say, “time is running out” and we need “to see the world with new eyes.”.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Ephesians 4:31-32; Romans 2:15; Luke 11:22; Ephesians 4:13; Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 4:20, 22-23; Ephesians 1:11; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 1:18; Ephesians 4:13; Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 5:10; Ephesians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 6:10-20; Ephesians .5:2; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:9-10; Ephesians 6:12; Ephesians 5:7, 15; Ephesians 4:18;

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

People in this Resource (separated by commas)

St. Paul, Jordan Peterson, Iain McGilchrist