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Inside the Ethiopian Orthodox Church | with Dn. Henok Elias

Dn. Henok Elias is an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and has a YouTube channel called Philosophy of Art & Science. Many listeners recommended I talk with him for an insider perspective on the particulars of Ethiopian Orthodox traditions

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Why Stories? Because the Cosmos is more poem than proposition

Logos without mythos is itself the great myth of modernity, the Cosmos itself is communication, Being is communion. As such, there are no other means to access truth other than narrative, imagination, emotion, and rhetoric.

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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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Inside the Ethiopian Orthodox Church | with Dn. Henok Elias
Inside the Ethiopian Orthodox Church | with Dn. Henok Elias

Dn. Henok Elias is an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and has a YouTube channel called Philosophy of Art & Science. Many listeners recommended I talk with him for an insider perspective on the particulars of Ethiopian Orthodox traditions.

The Theology behind the Culture War
The Theology behind the Culture War

One of the big problems people face today regarding religion or the notion of God, is the problem of what I would call the reality of God VS the reality of the world. This might seem abstract at first, but it ends up manifesting itself in everybody’s life, whether they’re religious or not.

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What Makes an Inverted Pentagram Satanic
What Makes an Inverted Pentagram Satanic

Taken from my supporter only videos, this video looks at what it is about the inverted pentagram which has made it associated with Satanism, but also why we find it in some churches.

The Fall of Loki (Into the Multiverse)
The Fall of Loki (Into the Multiverse)

The last episode of Marvel’s Loki series took a surprisingly thoughtful look at the problem of opposites. The entire series was about the challenges and opportunities of two extremes, unlimited variability on one side and absolute control and linearity on the other.

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On the Fairy Forest

On the Fairy Forest

Near my home lies a fairy forest. It started in the winter of 2020 and has gradually grown through the spring of 2021. At first blush, this folk...

The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor: The Symbolism of the Mountain

The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor: The Symbolism of the Mountain

This article takes a look at the symbolism of the mountain in order to eludicate the meaning behind the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. To do this, it uses symbolism of the mountain across the globe (Asia, Indo-Europeans, Mesopotamia) and looks into the biblical symbolism of those higher realities.

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….

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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.