I posted another review of Peter Brown recent book Through the Eye of a Needle last week. Today Christianity Today posted Peter Leithart’s review. It is a very positive review as well. If you have interest in this book it looks like it is quite good.
By the sixth century, the church was wealthy and full of wealthy people. How did the rich get their loads through the eye of the needle into the kingdom of heaven? How, in other words, did an institution pledged to recognize the blessedness of the poor gradually reconcile itself to unprecedented wealth? Peter Brown’s latest, very substantial, book, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Princeton University Press) gives a deliriously complicated answer.