The Mystery of Art by Jonathan Jackson

The Mystery of Art by Jonathan Jackson


Dr. Nikolaos Koios


In Greece, our knowledge of Hollywood stars is restricted almost exclusively to watching them at the cinema or on television. Jonathan Jackson, however, has broken this pattern. He came to Greece, the cradle of Orthodoxy, in order to speak and to describe his own journey into Orthodoxy. This is of great symbolic and substantive importance for us Greeks. It’s also of great value- symbolic and substantive- for the USA. A young man, successful in the world of entertainment, a member of a globalized, consumer society, received the call of God where it found him, in his profession as an actor, and he responded to it. He opened his heart to the truth and allowed Light to fill it. He had not the slightest hesitation or doubt about what he was doing. He praised God, Who had always been seeking him and, through his baptism into the orthodox Church triumphally entered the embrace of the communion of the Saints.

He hasn’t changed his professional or social life. He has, however, radically changed his spiritual orientation. Things, have acquired meaning for him, at a time when the quest for meaning has become ever more difficult.

He’s presented his experiences in his book ‘The Mystery of Art’, showing us the way in which he personally lived his entry into the mystery of the real life. Art, particularly that of the cinema, has often undervalued the human person. Jonathan, however, reveals other dimensions of it, which himself may not have fully realized, until recently.

Pemptousia and En Plô Publications organized an event in his honor in Athens on 20 November 2016, at which he presented his book. The event was one of the most successful of its kind ever held. Over the next few days, the English edition of Pemptousia will post Jonathan Jackson’s speech from that wonderful evening, in consecutive parts.

We invite our readers to savor these texts, which exude the fragrance of the Spirit and a breath of true freedom.





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OCN has partnered with Pemptousia, a Contemporary post-modern man does understand what man is.  Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”.

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Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person ­– the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.