Peter Brown

Peter Robert Lamont Brown is Rollins Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University, and an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College in the University of London and of New College at Oxford University. A Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, Brown is credited with having created the study of late antiquity (250-800 AD). His books include Augustine of Hippo: A Biography; The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity; and most recently Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD.


Volume 118

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Guests on Volume 118: Gilbert Meilaender, on the ethical questions raised by anti-aging research, especially its most extreme forms in the "transhumanist" movement; Ron Highfield, on why the modern assumptions about personal identity, freedom, and human dignity create prejudices against the Gospel's account of God and the self; Mark Mitchell, on why gratitude and stewardship should be seen as fundamental political postures; Daniel M. Bell, Jr., on how capitalism nurtures the assumption of the autonomous self; Helen Rhee, on the centrality of almsgiving to Christian identity in the early Church; and Peter Brown, on how the early Church's wrestling with the questions of wealth and poverty steered a course between radical asceticism and careless indulgence.