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Universal History: Beyond the Horizon: The Symbolism of the Far East | pt.1 | with Richard Rohlin

This is part one of a series of discussions on the symbolism of the far east with Richard Rohlin, as part of our Universal History series. Today’s discussion will set a foundation for the upcoming episodes about the mongols, Prester John and other medieval legends.

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Faith Stripped Bare: The Transfiguration of Doubt in an Age of Exile

Imprinted upon the architecture of our Being is the desire for meaning, purpose, community and ritual.2 We seek to transcend and become more than the sum of our parts. At our core, we seek theophany, theosis and transfiguration.

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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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Digital ID and Control | with Dr. Paula Boddington
Digital ID and Control | with Dr. Paula Boddington

This is my third conversation with Dr. Paula Boddington. This time we talk about agency, consciousness, digital ID, security, power and the mythology of technology, and how artificial intelligence plays into our desires and our notions of what a human being is....

Why Humans Sacrifice
Why Humans Sacrifice

In this video I discuss the symbolic meaning of sacrifice in general, why it’s a human universal and how we still engage with ritualistic sacrifice today. There are many different examples of sacrifice, not only killings, but offering and dedication for initiation...

Encountering the Risen Christ | with Fr. Bogdan Bucur
Encountering the Risen Christ | with Fr. Bogdan Bucur

Fr. Bogdan teaches patristics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and in this video we discuss the story of the Road to Emmaus where the disciples encountered the resurrected Christ. We explore what this story means for how we can understand the resurrection and how the church...

April 2022 Q&A
April 2022 Q&A

This is the monthly YouTube Q&A livestream, where I answer questions that patrons of $10/month or more submit on my website, Subscribestar and Patreon. - The Symbolic World website and blog: http://www.thesymbolicworld.com Support — Patreon • PayPal •...

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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.