Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 41

into the subject and it just kept opening up to me as I was writing and so I poured an awful lot into it. I hope that people read it and if they suddenly need to stop and take a breather, they will read it in small bits. It was simply a question of my falling in love with the topic as I was working on it. So, it just became a lot denser than I had first meant it to be. really simplify. It kept getting more and more complicated as I went. That was just how it came out. I suppose that as I wrote, I learned so much; I never expected to find as much as I did and it was just so stunning to me.  By “dense” do you mean that there’s a lot of information? It started because many, many years ago when I was a graduate student, I was working on early Christian art; catacomb paintings, for example (people probably know about those), and I was seeing something that I wasn’t the first person to sight, by any means, but had sort of fallen out of favor. I was beginning to see in the choices people made of the images they used to decorate their tombs in Rome (these were all decorations, right, There is a lot of information and there’s a lot of footnotes and some of that is just for more schol- arly readers; I wanted them to be able to find the texts that I was referring to and I think as I was working on these themes that the book addresses, they all became my very favorites. So, I couldn’t What was it that initially led you to study baptismal imagery? The entrance to the Lateran Baptistery. Note the porphyry columns, and the richly carved capitals, bases and entablatures, of Flavian age (1st century). CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=380531