This is my second interview with Richard Rohlin, philologist and co-host of the Amon Sûl podcast. We continue to explore history through the symbolic lens, paying particular attention to the images of Christ and Antichrist. Throughout our conversation we draw on the Book of Revelation and the Sibylline Oracles, discussing Mithradates VI of Pontus, the Roman Emperor Nero and his return as an antichrist figure, the Arthurian legends and the combination of violent tyranny and decadence as manifestations of the end of a world. Richard’s work, as well as the videos and books we mentioned are all linked below.
This is my second video trying to relate the difficult symbolism in the Book of Revelation. While my first video was about the beasts in Revelation (https://youtu.be/-wchjSeB5Oo), now we will attempt to understand the Mark of the Beast. But to understand the Mark of the Beast we must first understand what a mark is in general. In this video I discuss this very primordial symbolism, starting with its origins in Scripture and how it’s related to accounting, technology, identification, and, yes, medicine.
Frederica Mathewes-Green is a well-known writer and speaker on the Eastern Orthodox faith in America. She is very involved with Ancient Faith Radio and has her own ongoing podcast, “Frederica Here and Now” that started in 2007. She’s written numerous books like “Welcome to the Orthodox Church, An Introduction to Eastern Christianity”, “The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God” and many more.
Patrons submit questions in advance at $10/month or more, from The Symbolic World website, Patreon and then SubscribeStar. If there is enough time in Q&As I also answer the live stream Superchats.
I interview Robert Breedlove to talk about cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. Robert is the host of the What Is Money Show podcast linked below. He has a background in finance, accounting and cryptocurrency. We discuss what money is, the uniqueness of Bitcoin as a currency, where its security comes from, the role of authority in currency, the volatility of Bitcoin and the dangers of potentiality.
I interview Dr. Mario Baghos, an Australian scholar. Dr Mario Baghos is Lecturer in Theology (Patristics) and Church History at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney College of Divinity). Dr. Baghos has a PhD in Studies in Religion from the University of Sydney (2015). He has written a book called “From the Ancient Near East to Christian Byzantium” wherein he explores the symbolism of the foundations of Constantinople and ancient civilizations. This discussion is a continuation of my first interview with Richard Rohlin (A Universal History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N5s4n_lwB8&t=567s) where we talked about history through the more mythical, symbolic lens.
Dr. Paula Boddington is a moral philosopher and expert on the ethical questions surrounding the advancement of biomedical technologies as well as artificial intelligence. This is our second conversation where we continue to discuss AI and the narratives surrounding it, as well as dissecting other modern narratives about technology, evolution, progress, environmentalism, medical hybridization, contraceptives, intelligence and the individual.
Fr. Stephen De Young is an Orthodox priest. He’s the host of the Whole Counsel of God podcast and a co-host of the Lord of Spirits podcast from Ancient Faith Ratio. He’s also the author of the Whole Counsel Blog. Today we are discussing Fr. Stephen’s new book “The Religion of the Apostles”. We talk about “the divine council”, what it means to exist, monotheism vs polytheism, atheism and materialism, post-modernism, the Book of Enoch, witchcraft, the judgement of God and hope for the future.
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.