The world seems to be racing into an ever-growing chaos. Everywhere we turn we see increasing political division.
Under such social strife lies a more profound malaise brought about by fragmenting identities,
ideological and religious confusion, the jaded vision of irony and spectacle, all culminating into a culture war that is tearing at the seams of a fragile society.
On a cultural level, from our stories, to our movies and our games, the image of the monster has taken a disproportional place on the cultural horizon. What is happening? What does this mean?
How can a fresh understanding of ancient cosmology and beliefs help us to make sense of what is happening to our world?
Artist, symbologist, and Orthodox Christian, Jonathan Pageau looks at the prevalence of the monster and how it is an image of our world today.
Expanding on a talk he gave last year called Pentecost for the Zombie Apocalypse, he discusses the meaning of the zombie and the monster in general as a portent of cultural patterns. By examining the traditional vision of the world and by exploring ancient stories.
He traces a parallel to the development of modern art and contemporary culture through contemporary authors such as Jacques Derrida and John Vervaeke’s recent book, “Zombies in Western Culture”.
Finally he explores the positive place of the monster in the figure of St-Christopher.
This Orthodox Christian Fellowship conference was given at Furman University.
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