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Through the Eye of the Needle

Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

2012 INDIES Winner
Gold, History (Adult Nonfiction)

Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire. Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. He challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions.