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A Universal History: History through the Symbolic Lens | with Richard Rohlin

I interview Richard Rohlin, philologist and co-host of the Amon Sûl podcast. We talk about the “universal history” – ancient people understood themselves to part of fundamentally the same world approachable through different identities and particularities in time. The modern world has lost this natural coherence and instead sees identity and narrative as tyrannical and/or arbitrary. Richard and I talk about hagiography, the Middle Ages as our cultural backdrop, synchronism and how we can rediscover a shared and coherent narrative by understanding historical events symbolically.

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Evil, Enlightenment and Easter

Happy Easter! In this article I explain how Easter makes the Christian narrative real and answers the problem of evil.

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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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A Universal History: History through the Symbolic Lens | with Richard Rohlin
A Universal History: History through the Symbolic Lens | with Richard Rohlin

I interview Richard Rohlin, philologist and co-host of the Amon Sûl podcast. We talk about the “universal history” – ancient people understood themselves to part of fundamentally the same world approachable through different identities and particularities in time. The modern world has lost this natural coherence and instead sees identity and narrative as tyrannical and/or arbitrary. Richard and I talk about hagiography, the Middle Ages as our cultural backdrop, synchronism and how we can rediscover a shared and coherent narrative by understanding historical events symbolically.

Montero and WandaVision: How Satanism Functions
Montero and WandaVision: How Satanism Functions

In today’s video I discuss the symbolic coherence in Lil Nas X’s controversial music video titled Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and Marvel Studios’ miniseries WandaVision. These timely productions make use of powerful and coherent symbolic imagery that can help us better understand what Satanism and witchcraft are and exactly how they subvert their narrative source: a broken Christianity.

The Tower of Babel and the Disintegration of Culture | with Paul Kingsnorth
The Tower of Babel and the Disintegration of Culture | with Paul Kingsnorth

In this video I interview Paul Kingsnorth, an English writer and thinker. We talk about environmentalism, the Tower of Babel, how he came to Orthodox Christianity, the decline of Christianity in the West and our current cultural crises, and finally, the counter-intuitive solution of true selflessness that Christ offers mankind.

A Call to Christian Artists
A Call to Christian Artists

This is a transcript of a video from a few weeks ago, given for the Breath and the Clay's 2021 event. Thanks to Norm Grondin for the transcription. We are at a crossing.  Can you feel this?  Can you touch the fear and dizziness of our moment?  Can you sense the ground...

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The Tripartite Symbolism of Man

The Tripartite Symbolism of Man

One hundred men stand solemnly in a perfect circle. All eyes are focused on the single man, about 40, a tall and athletic viking of a man. He is called forward, and is blessed and anointed by the elder. In this ritual, he is to share a commitment of purpose from his soul with the circle of men. He steps towards the blazing fire and falls to his knees…

A Call to Christian Artists

A Call to Christian Artists

This is a transcript of a video from a few weeks ago, given for the Breath and the Clay's 2021 event. Thanks to Norm Grondin for the transcription....

The System of The Beast

The System of The Beast

This is the text version of a video by the same title published in March 2021. Thanks to Gareth Boyd for the edition. With the crazy situation in...

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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.