In the below interview, I met with Rachel Fulton Brown, associate professor of History at the University of Chicago, regarding her 2017 book Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought.
Over the course of the interview, we talked about the ancient Temple Tradition and its connection with the Virgin Mary and Christ. We also discussed J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, the psychology of devotion, the problem of portraying sin, the reality of the spiritual, and the re-enchantment of the world (made most obvious in the rhetoric surrounding January 6th).
It is discussions like this that make UChicago so unique. My peers and I are able to interact with the leading minds in the world on almost every subject imaginable. COVID, though, has severely impeded these interactions, cutting students off from the natural times for discussion before and after class.
Please enjoy our delightful romp into what is (in my opinion) an under-appreciated topic in academic circles.
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Matthew Heck is the Chicago Thinker's Chief Newsletter Author and Senior Editor. As a senior at the University of Chicago, he is majoring in History and Public Policy. He loves law, languages, space travel, and ancient history. His deep interest in politics dates back to when he first saw the Star Wars Prequels when he was little.