Meet the Translator: Ágúst Symeon Magnússon

February 14, 2019

Meet the Translator: Ágúst Symeon Magnússon

Learn more about the Orthodox Christian Translation Society through the lens of one of its translators, Ágúst Symeon Magnússon, who is currently translating Metropolitan Kallistos Ware's modern classic, The Orthodox Way (SVS Press), from English to Icelandic.

In this premiere episode, Symeon speaks openly about his unexpected journey from non-belief to Orthodox Christianity via Buddhism, Søren Kierkegaard, and a thirst for authentic spirituality.

Along the way, he explains the demise of Christianity in his native Iceland, the influential role Metropolitan Kallistos Ware played in his own conversion, and why he believes The Orthodox Way contains a message that his fellow Icelanders—and indeed, all of us—need to hear.

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Ágúst Symeon Magnússon originally hails from Reykjavík, Iceland. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Iceland and a PhD in Philosophy from Marquette University where his dissertation focued on the correspondence between the philosophical thought of Søren Kierkegaard and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. His interests include existentialism, philosophy of religion, film, literature, and playing Ninja Turtles with his son Jóakim.

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