You might be right. I don't know.
Jordan Peterson has indeed led many to Christ and His Church.
However, how many has he led away from the Church, who would have otherwise embraced the Kingdom of God?
I don't know the answer to this question, but it is an important one that Christians are not asking.
Peterson espouses a New Age theology wrapped in sophistic nonsense. There are good things in Peterson's teachings (eg. 'Clean Your Room'), but they're not particularly insightful. His interpretation of Scripture verges on gnostic heresy, at best, and he's an avowed agnostic who does not believe in the resurrection of Christ.
When it comes to Scripture, and to paraphrase St. Paul, what fellowship can light have with darkness?
Furthermore, it is not my intention to judge Fr. Josiah overall (I enjoy his YouTube channel) -- I am just wondering why Peterson specifically? Why give young men Peterson's poorly conceived 12 Rules for Life, instead of St. John Chrysostom's sermons or the writings of the Desert Fathers?
EDIT. Being good at 'interpreting symbols' is not necessarily a virtuous thing. High-ranking freemasons, after all, are competent at uncovering the hidden meaning of symbols.
I don't disagree with anything you're saying here. You're Orthodox, of course JP is going to be of no use, if you're raised to understand the services.
You can't really speak of "how many he led away" at this point, for we live in a very secular, and morally bankrupt age. If he led Orthodox away, I don't know how serious their Orthodoxy really was.
I'd agree with you that JP is a sophist, at least he's honest about it if you pay attention, he describes himself as being a "pragmatist". Pragmatism denies universal truth, and thus is rooted in self interest, and therefore it's sophistic.
Would I give it out en masse to Orthodox youth? No, but I'm not a priest with a large congregation. I don't know how much one on one time he can spend with each person. What was taken for granted in St. Chrysostom's time, we don't have today, so he won't be helpful to everyone. The only thing that JP has going for him is that he's living today, and can see problems today. His writings will be completly forgotten in a few years, but for the time period, they may be useful to nominal Christians, and secular people.
I don't even agree with the thread title labelling Fr Trenham a "Pillar of Orthodoxy". I bought "Rock and Sand" and his catachism series after the glowing reviews in this thread, His materials were very good, but not "Pillar of Orthodoxy" good. He was a little too loose in his language in some of his catechetical lectures, (the conflation of Hell/Hades, being one of the examples that comes to mind).