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Icons vs Porn | with Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd from Pints with Aquinas get to know each other and we discuss iconography, religious art, nudity, pornography and how Christianity has found solutions to these questions.

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The Symbolic Structure of Movies – Conan the Barbarian (1986)

For all the works of cultured man Must fare and fade and fall. I am the Dark Barbarian That towers over all. Robert E. Howard, Collected Poems 452, Selected Poems 19 Introduction Robert E. Howard’s most famous character, Conan, is an imposing figure in the world of fantasy literature. For…

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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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Icons vs Porn | with Matt Fradd
Icons vs Porn | with Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd from Pints with Aquinas get to know each other and we discuss iconography, religious art, nudity, pornography and how Christianity has found solutions to these questions.

Jordan Peterson and the Stories We Live In.
Jordan Peterson and the Stories We Live In.

I look at the effect of Jordan Peterson on culture, the similarities in our though as well as my differences with him regarding the importance of stories. Th…

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The Symbolism of St. Dionysius the Areopagite

The Symbolism of St. Dionysius the Areopagite

The story of St. Dionysius has a deep symbolic resonance for those of us who are seeking to recover a more pre-modern or symbolic understanding of the world—particularly  those of us who have been led by that quest into the bosom of traditional Christianity.

There is No Literal Meaning

There is No Literal Meaning

This post is a transcript of a video published in September 2019. Thanks to Heather Lee for the transcription and JP Marceau for the edition. One of...

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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.

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