I was deeply honored to be selected as a Marty Center Junior Fellow, and as the time of our first meeting grows closer, I find myself growing more and more excited by the prospect of engaging with my incredibly talented peers on topics that have fascinated them for years. Crafting a dissertation can often be a lonely task. There’s always a danger that as we delve deeper into our research we draw further away from our peers, especially those in different disciplines. The Junior Fellows program offers a wonderful opportunity to escape this peril, to enrich our scholarship through community.
The writer at the heart of my dissertation, Honorius Augustodunensis, was a very successful popularizer. Much of his popularity derived from his ability to adapt to his audience, to effectively and clearly communicate the most complex theological concepts in an easily digestible form. Honorius’s writings and the methods he used to compose them provide us with a fascinating window into the world medieval religious culture, and the Marty Center seems an especially appropriate place to explore that world.