Peter R.L. Brown Quote

The friction point of Christian eschatology, and of Christian pastoral care, was the fate of the non valdes—of the non valde mali and the non valde boni: the not altogether bad and the not altogether good. Such persons could be helped by the prayers and offerings of the living, provided that they had qualified for such help in this life, by living reasonably good lives:

Peter R.L. Brown

The friction point of Christian eschatology, and of Christian pastoral care, was the fate of the non valdes—of the non valde mali and the non valde boni: the not altogether bad and the not altogether good. Such persons could be helped by the prayers and offerings of the living, provided that they had qualified for such help in this life, by living reasonably good lives:

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About Peter R.L. Brown

Peter Robert Lamont Brown (born 26 July 1935) is Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He is credited with having brought coherence to the field of Late Antiquity, and is sometimes regarded as the inventor of the field. 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.