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Gods, Angels and Demons – With Fr. Andrew Damick and Fr. Stephen De Young

Fr. Andrew and Fr. Stephen are hosting a new podcast called Lord of Spirits which explores the reality of gods, angels, demons and spirits. They look at the Bible and Tradition to help modern people understand how the term “monotheism” does not apply to traditional Christianity.

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How the Lord’s Prayer Contains All of Creation

This post is a transcript of a video released in March 2020. Thanks to Heather Lee for the transcription, and to JP Marceau for the edition. One of the things I have been trying to communicate with you guys is that the world manifests itself through a basic pattern. I have traced out this pattern […]

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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 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.

Jesus vs Barrabas
Jesus vs Barrabas

In the Gospel, we are presented with a choice between Jesus and Barrabas. This relationship is emphasized by the text itself, but it also acts as a fail-safe in the Christian story to avoid certain excesses.

August 2020 Q&A
August 2020 Q&A

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Emergence and Narrative – Vervaeke, Vanderklay, Pageau
Emergence and Narrative – Vervaeke, Vanderklay, Pageau

John Vervaeke, Paul Vanderklay and myself discuss the question of the meaning crisis, the reality of emergence/emanation and the value of narrative. This conversation brought about many elements we have not discussed before in our one our previous encounters.

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The Consolation of Fantasy

The Consolation of Fantasy

In my previous post for The Symbolic World, I tried to show how telling and enjoying fairy tales is not a childish or simple-minded pursuit. It's a...

The Silicon Monster

The Silicon Monster

Some years ago, a scandal broke out over whether a young man was cheating in an international chess tournament. Nobody knew for sure, but the...

Turning to Stone

Turning to Stone

About twelve years ago in a coal mine over half a mile deep beneath Donetsk, in Ukraine, workers found a wheel embedded in the hard sandstone,...

Washing Feet

Washing Feet

Transcript of a Patreon-only video on the feet washing rituals that recently occurred in George Floyd protests.

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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.