Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and by Peter Brown

By Peter Brown

Jesus taught his fans that it really is more uncomplicated for a camel to head during the eye of a needle than for a wealthy guy to go into heaven. but through the autumn of Rome, the church was once turning into wealthy past degree. Through the attention of a Needle is a sweeping highbrow and social historical past of the vexing challenge of wealth in Christianity within the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by way of the world's premiere student of overdue antiquity.

Peter Brown examines the increase of the church in the course of the lens of cash and the demanding situations it posed to an establishment that espoused the advantage of poverty and referred to as avarice the foundation of all evil. Drawing at the writings of significant Christian thinkers akin to Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and altering attitudes towards funds attributable to the inflow of recent wealth into church coffers, and describes the magnificent acts of divestment by way of wealthy donors and their transforming into effect in an empire beset with challenge. He exhibits how using wealth for the care of the negative competed with older kinds of philanthropy deeply rooted within the Roman global, and sheds mild at the traditional those that gave away their funds in hopes of treasure in heaven.

Through the attention of a Needle demanding situations the commonly held inspiration that Christianity's turning out to be wealth sapped Rome of its skill to withstand the barbarian invasions, and provides a clean standpoint at the social heritage of the church in past due antiquity.

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