Logos

Logos

||Log”os (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the word or form which expresses a thought, also, the thought, fr. ? to speak.]

1. A word; reason; speech.

2. The divine Word; Christ

Number 1 in the above definition, which is from the 1913 Websters, comes by way of ancient Greek which predates Christianity.  Number 2 is an interpretation of the Bible verse John 1:1 – “In the beginning there was the word; and the word was with God, and the word was God.”

Why did the author of John 1:1 choose this word “logos?”  And why does this word appear over a hundred times elsewhere in the New Testament?

The divine Logos is an idea that runs like a vein of gold through the whole of Western philosophy, starting with the mystery traditions of old Egypt, passing into Socrates, up through Plato, onward through the Stoics, and flowing into New Testament Christology.

It’s a deeply mystical thing to perceive the Logos, to tap into the energy of that golden vein. It’s mystical because, like the Tao, of which Laotse said “the Tao which can be described is not the Tao,” the Logos can be felt and perceived with persistent and devoted effort, but it steadfastly defies attempts to be defined.  To my way of thinking, the definition of Logos sits somewhere near the intersection of consciousness, truth, order and speech.

Maybe though, the Logos is just too sacred to say much more about.  Maybe, rather than talking about it, we should sanctify it by living it out in the way we think, act, feel and believe.

Exploring the idea of Logos I drew some ambigrams and other sketches. I hope you enjoy them and that these words and scribbles in some small way reveal a place to start digging for your own relationship with this ancient and divine force.

 

4 responses to “Logos

  1. James A Williams

    Beautiful . . . just out of curiosity, what sort of pen did you use for these?

    Best,

    James

    • Robert Mitchell

      Thanks James! So you’re going to laugh, but I don’t use fancy pens. For many years I have used only Pilot Precise V5s for detail and an assortment of Sharpies of varying sizes for filling in. I order V5 refills on eBay by the dozen! All of the illustrations in the Cabal Fang Study Guide were done with V5 and sharpie pens as Well, with color added by colored pencils.

  2. James A Williams

    Ha–good to know! I use the Pilot G-2 for taking notes at work and writing in my journal at home . . . I’ll have to check out the V5. I know a true craftsman uses whatever tools are available but, man, a decent pen is a wonderful thing.

    • Robert Mitchell

      Yes, I’m a office supply junkie. Pens, paper, it all give me chills. When I go into a Staples, if I had a tail it would wag like Labrador Retriever. These sketches are pretty rough, but if they were cleaned up by a pro they’d make excellent tattoos — if one liked such things 🙂

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