You know of my love for podcasts: My drive to work takes about 40 minutes. I used to do it in 30 but, since my accident, I putt along much slower, barely doing the speed limit. Today some jackass in a truck needing a ladder to get into honked at me. I smiled, gave him a thumbs up, and waved him on around me. Speed scares me. Podcasts are a good way to get through the time.

One of my favorite podcasts is the History of Literature hosted by Jacke Wilson. I listen to every episode.

This week, he talked to Emma Maggie Solberg, a prof in Maine, who just published The Virgin Whore about the Virgin Mary. I didn’t know it but the Virgin Mary as a pure and chaste and obedient follower of the Father is something of a recent invention. Her pre-Reformation reputation is something quite different. And her place in the Cannon has been hotly debated for centuries.

My wife was just asked to help teach at Sunday School and the topic was the Virgin Mary so we’ve had several interesting chats about her recently. That made the podcast even more fascinating.

Here’s a link, check it out and tell me what you think. How did it strike you? Spot on? Irreverent? Good god, this is the Virgin Mary you’re talking about!

Find it here.


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