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Weaponized Compassion

In this video I discuss the aspect of Antichrist that is weaponized compassion. I use the examples of Judas in Scripture and the 2016 film called ‘Silence’ as stark demonstrations of this pattern, that can help us to recognize it in our world today.

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The Human Person as the Pattern of “Is” and “Could Be”

No poem or painting could ever capture the fullness of what it means to be the variable, entangled, conscious, powerful, powerless, material, transcendent being that is a human. We might be tempted to leave the project of capturing the essence of human nature to the artist in a desperate gesture of resignation, of quitting.

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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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Weaponized Compassion
Weaponized Compassion

In this video I discuss the aspect of Antichrist that is weaponized compassion. I use the examples of Judas in Scripture and the 2016 film called ‘Silence’ as stark demonstrations of this pattern, that can help us to recognize it in our world today.

The Body of a City & How Authority Works
The Body of a City & How Authority Works

This video is a repost from a discussion I had with Sam Glenn, whose YouTube channel is dedicated to exploring philosophy. We discuss the symbolic reality of the bodies and agency of cities as principalities. Viewers might find it complementary to last my discussion with John Vervaeke, linked below. Sam and I also talk about how authority ideally functions, and modernity’s relationship to authority, hierarchy and technology. Enjoy.

December 2021 Q&A
December 2021 Q&A

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How Christmas Reorganizes the Gods
How Christmas Reorganizes the Gods

We look at how Christmas changes the functions and orientation of the heavenly beings, both in the gospel story and in the way we celebrate Christmas in the Nativity Troparion.

The Search for the Holy Grail | pt.2 | with Richard Rohlin
The Search for the Holy Grail | pt.2 | with Richard Rohlin

This is the second part of my Universal History exploration of the Holy Grail with Richard Rohlin. In our previous episode we gave background context for understanding the meaning of the Grail and how it’s part of the story of the West. In this episode we discuss the story of Perceval in the Arthurian Legends.

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Zombies and the Eucharist

Zombies and the Eucharist

Jonathan and JP explain how the zombie is a symbol of the materialism and nihilism of our society. Further, they explain how the Eucharist is the solution to the zombie problem.

The Symbol of Faith(fulness)

The Symbol of Faith(fulness)

This article will analyse the symbol of faith (the “symbol of Nicea”). The intent is to show that faith is not about a passive epistemological naivety, but rather the ground of knowledge actuated through a (communal) relation to God and active participation (faithfulness).

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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.