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Arise O God – A Cosmic Vision of the Gospel | with Fr. Andrew Damick

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is Chief Content Officer of Ancient Faith Ministries. He has been podcasting since 2007 and is host of the Orthodox Engagement, Amon Sûl, Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, and Roads from Emmaus podcasts, and co-host of The Lord of Spirits and The Areopagus Podcast.

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On the Fairy Forest

Near my home lies a fairy forest. It started in the winter of 2020 and has gradually grown through the spring of 2021. At first blush, this folk project may seem a strange phenomenon, but its existence shows not only a longing for, but the inevitable return of reenchantment as the solidity of modernity wanes.

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Faith, Art, and Symbolism – Boston Talk

February 15, 2020 • 3:00 pm

I will be giving two talks in Boston on Feb. 15th on art and symbolism There will also be an included lunch as well as a tour of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosted by myself.  The price is only 15$.

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Arise O God – A Cosmic Vision of the Gospel | with Fr. Andrew Damick
Arise O God – A Cosmic Vision of the Gospel | with Fr. Andrew Damick

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is Chief Content Officer of Ancient Faith Ministries. He has been podcasting since 2007 and is host of the Orthodox Engagement, Amon Sûl, Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, and Roads from Emmaus podcasts, and co-host of The Lord of Spirits and The Areopagus Podcast.

How Kanye West Bridges Contradictions with Donda
How Kanye West Bridges Contradictions with Donda

Kanye West’s new album, named after his late mother Donda, was released on 29 August 2021 and since its release people have been asking me what I think of it and of his controversial collaboration with artists like DaBaby and Marilyn Manson.

August Super-Post-Covid Q&A
August Super-Post-Covid Q&A

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The Key to How I Interpret Scripture
The Key to How I Interpret Scripture

I look at 3 stanzas in St. Ephrem’s book ‘Hymns on Paradise’, as well as some of my recent videos about Scripture and a short text from the Gospel of St. Matthew about St. Peter walking on water. Hopefully this video can give listeners a clue as to how I draw different texts together to think about symbolism in Scripture.

Carving Class Update
Carving Class Update

The first results are in for my online carving class. Wonderful student carvings and reviews in the video. Sign up to my class to learn the important art of icon carving. https://jonathanpageau.thinkific.com/

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On the Fairy Forest

On the Fairy Forest

Near my home lies a fairy forest. It started in the winter of 2020 and has gradually grown through the spring of 2021. At first blush, this folk...

The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor: The Symbolism of the Mountain

The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor: The Symbolism of the Mountain

This article takes a look at the symbolism of the mountain in order to eludicate the meaning behind the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. To do this, it uses symbolism of the mountain across the globe (Asia, Indo-Europeans, Mesopotamia) and looks into the biblical symbolism of those higher realities.

The Symbolism of the Cyclops

The Symbolism of the Cyclops

The cyclopes are commonly thought of as a race of one-eyed giants. This description, however, can be doubly misleading. Firstly, the cyclopes do not...

Rebuilding Men with Symbolism after the Desolation

Rebuilding Men with Symbolism after the Desolation

Imagine being a member of a people, taken captive by a hostile, foreign state, having the fabric of one’s life shredded, one’s family, friends, sports clubs, associations, political parties, all other intermediary institutions forbidden from meeting, and then forced to live under the bureaucratic control of the alien power….

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Jonathan Pageau

Jonathan Pageau

Professional Icon Carver

Jonathan Pageau is a professional artist, writer and public speaker, giving workshops and conferences all around North America. He teaches carving, speaks on art, but mostly explores symbolic structures that underlie our experience of the world.

Through his YouTube channel and podcast, The Symbolic World, he also furthers the conversation on symbolism, meaning and patterns in everything from movies, to icons, to social trends.

Articles on the The Symbolic World are contributed by several writers engaged with Jonathan in the exploration of Symbolism across all fields.

To see the Jonathan’s art, please visit his carving website, his Patreon Art page or follow him on social media.