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Christianity is Not Revolutionary: Parables of the Vinedressers and the Wedding Feast

Through the parable of the Vinedressers and of the Wedding Feast we look at how Christianity is not a revolutionary system, but rather one in which we see how what is below is properly united with what is above.

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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 belong to the race of gigantes proper, being “gigantic” only in the sense of being physically large and in the sense of being related to the Earth, that is, to Gaia.

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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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The Symbolic Structure of the Beatitudes
The Symbolic Structure of the Beatitudes

In this video I explore the meaning of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. These famous passages can help us understand how Christ is not only the “top of the hierarchy”, so to speak, but He also fills it, and provides the means for others to participate in creation as microcosms of Himself.

Universal History: the Mystery of Ethiopia | with Richard Rohlin
Universal History: the Mystery of Ethiopia | with Richard Rohlin

This is my third conversation about universal history with Richard Rohlin, philologist and co-host of the Amon Sûl podcast. We are very excited to discuss Ethiopia and its unique role in the universal history. We draw a lot on Scripture: the Queen of Sheba, Moses’ Ethiopian wife and the Ethiopian eunuch mentioned in Acts. This topic is all about the symbolism of the margins, encountering the stranger and the flip that can happen at the end of something. Also relevant is the role of the feminine and in particular the foreign woman.

June 2021 Q&A
June 2021 Q&A

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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….

The Mark of Cain

The Mark of Cain

This is the transcript of a video by the same title published a few days ago. The Mark of the Beast has been a place of much imagination,...

Perceiving the Invisible God

Perceiving the Invisible God

It is all too common in our contemporary western worldview to consider God as being absent. Even for believers, it is common to hear that the mode of presence of God has changed…

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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.