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Marshall McLuhan and the Electric Nervous System of Antichrist – with Christian Roy

Christian Roy is a scholar who studies media and traditional symbolism. We look at how McLuhan’s frightfully accurate vision of the future can help us discern what is happening to us in the internet age.

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Investigating Miracles With Lewis and Vervaeke

In his book Miracles, C.S. Lewis puts forward a symbolic worldview that provides a rich framework to explain Christ’s miracles. The book is divided into two broad sections, one for the theoretical background, set against naturalism, and one to explain the place of Christ’s miracles. My goal in this blog…

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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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Parasitic Storytelling
Parasitic Storytelling

The rise of parasitic “woke” storytelling is something many have noticed in movie franchises like Star Wars and several others. We examine the process of inversion and look at possible solutions hidden within that process.

Jonah and the Upside-Down World.
Jonah and the Upside-Down World.

The Story of Jonah is a comedy in which the fall of Man is played back in reverse. It exemplifies the “flips” and inversions which happen at the edge and can help us understand the resurrection as well as the end of the World.

The Meaning of Prince Ivan and The Gray Wolf
The Meaning of Prince Ivan and The Gray Wolf

Prince Ivan and The Grey Wolf is one of the most famous Russian fairy tales. In the wake of the new podcast “In a Certain Kingdom” by Nicholas Kotar, where he will tell and discuss these Russian tales, I interpret the Prinve Ivan story in detail, looking at how it maps unto the pattern of reality.

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The Symbolism of the Supra

The Symbolism of the Supra

This essay explores the cosmic symbolism of the Supra, a traditional Georgian banquet feast, using Matthieu Pageau’s commentary on the traditional cosmology of Genesis, The Language of Creation.

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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.