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Book Title: The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity|
The author of the book: Peter R.L. Brown
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The size of the: 12.33 MB
Edition: Columbia University Press
Date of issue: April 25th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780231061018
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One reader commented that Brown's work here is 'biased and sloppy,' and while that may be their take, I respectfully disagree.
For those who don't know who Brown is, he is usually known as the imminent living expert on all things Augustine. Nice work if you can get it; while that's a neat thing to put on a business card, very few people can make a living tossing such a title around. Brown is no slouch, and I think he is a fair and judicious expert on Augustine. Especially being a female, I must posit that while Augustine is rightly known as one of the most important thinkers Christianity has ever known, he brought some of his own struggles to his work which have had lasting implications. This is also true of Jerome, of Tertullian, and of a handful of the earliest Church Fathers, from 200-400 AD, which is the time that Brown here gives treatment to.
Because of the Platononism that was 'in the air' with Manichees and Gnostic dualism, the things which our Church Fathers said have had some lasting implications which any minister or learned laity would do well to explore. I think Brown's work is an excellent work in which to do just that.
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Peter Robert Lamont Brown FBA is Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. His principal contributions to the discipline have been in the field of Late Antiquity. His work has concerned, in particular, the religious culture of the later Roman Empire and early medieval Europe, and the relation between religion and society.