This website is the professional hub for Johnathan Martineau, interdisciplinarian student and amateur theologian. Here you will find the large majority of my scholarly work, ranging from topics such as Behavioral Neuroscience all the way to Medieval Trinitarian Theology. Additionally, I occassionally blog reflective articles that you can also find here. If you wish to contact me you can do so either on my contact page, or on twitter @KoreaEatsRice. Below you can hear my thoughts on why the academic subjects I study greatly intrigue me.
t h e o l o g y
In one of world's most iconic paintings, this mural from 1498, The Last Supper, painted by Leornado da Vinci, displays Jesus Christ of Nazareth sharing His final meal with His twelve disciples before His crucifixion. Jesus says at this meal that the bread the disciples eat is His body, and the wine His blood. For most people this lends itself to a highly figurative meaning, yet there are still multitudes of Christians who believe that in the taking of the Eucharist, they consume the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. This is just one example, of an innumerable amount, of theological issues that have been debated for millennia. I find the study of theology so fascinating, because these theological debates are what form the dogmatics that many Christians will shape their entire lives. My favorite areas of interest are looking at how the mind and brain interact with the morality and ethics of Christians.
p s y c h o l o g y
Interesting Fact: In this fresco from 1512 by Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, it has been posited that God, and His company of twelve, are a representation of the human brain. We, as humans, are incredibly complex creatures, and depending on your beliefs, made in the image of their creator, God. I think there is a God, thus the exploration of the human mind and brain fascinates me to great heights. We were made with such an absurdly complex physical system, through which all our consciousness and phenomenon are experienced by, was designed by a creator. For me, understanding even a small portion of this creative process makes me excillerated, because we uncover yet another piece of creation.
p h i l o s o p h y
In this fresco from 1511, The School of Athens, Raphael includes nearly every great Greek philosopher, with Plato and Aristotle in the middle. Although I greatly enjoy theology and wish to pursue it professionally, I think the study of philosophy will always play a role in theology, and vice-versa. Philosophy is like theology, except very broad in its scope. With topics like Ethics and Epistemology, ranging all the way to Phenomenology, I always find my mind entiertained with important questions and concepts, such as the issue of Being as existence was a largely understated aspect for the phenomenological method of eidetic reduction (Heidegger).
m u s i c
This painting from 1852 by Adolph Menzel, Frederick the Great Playing the Flute at Sanssouci, depicts Frederick the Great, King of Prussia from 1740-1786, playing flute with a chamber ensemble for an evening concert. What I find so interesting about this painting is that a King, let alone the Warrior King of Prussia, not only had an interest in music, but one so great that the he wanted to put on a concert for others, instead of having one held for him. Events like this are what make music fascinating to me; it is an activity we all know of, yet it is filled with so much history and knowledge, such as theory, that most people do not know if, thus music constantly piquse my curiosity, prompting me to keep constantly exploring its great depths.