Whose wealth is that

  At a glance, the title of “Through the Eye of the Needle: Wealth, the Decline and Fall of the Western Roman Empire, and the Formation of the Christian Church” is easy to make people feel meaningful: with the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire, People are more willing to donate their wealth to the Christian church, so that the latter will continue to grow until they can fight against the secular monarchs, fill the gap in power and order caused by the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and start a long journey in the Middle Ages.
  In addition to the color of the historical destiny that is unique to the historical view of hindsight, such a crude interpretation undoubtedly shields many rich historical details, as well as the long and magnificent history that these details can present. Picture scroll.
  Being immersed in the ups and downs of conceptual disputes and complicated political, social and economic struggles in the book “Through the Eye of the Needle”, people will instead feel that the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire, the changes in people’s outlook on wealth, and the rise of the Christian church Between them, there is a network of far more complex and subtle relationships, rather than a categorical causal relationship.
  One of the prejudices that people must first dispel is that it is not the imminent sense of imminent disaster that makes the owner of wealth feel disillusioned. Then, in the epiphany, he changes from stingy to generous and decisively invests wealth in the Christian church. In exchange for peace of mind and protection of organization. On the contrary, spreading wealth has always been the usual practice of the wealthy and aristocratic classes in Western Rome, whether it was through alms to the poor, donations to polytheistic temples, or through carnivals in the cities. Showing off and spending wealth has always been an important means for the powerful to reflect their own value and return to society. It is also the only way to gain reputation and build a wider network to obtain more wealth and power.
  In other words, the focus of the Christian Church’s efforts to persuade donations is not to promote the meaning of donations to people like a high-rise building, but to convince people that donating to the church has more and more noble significance through the competition of ideas. Christianity undoubtedly has a powerful “demonstrative” effect on the heavens in the world and the salvation of the world to come, and its multiple functions as a community of ideas, fraternities, and charitable organizations will also give those who are tired of the prosperity of the world and each other. The people who fight for the odds and the rich use all kinds of spiritual comfort and a sense of belonging to the organization, but this does not mean that the victory of the church is destined and achieved overnight.
  On the contrary, like the decline and fall of Western Rome, the rise of the Christian church is a long process. The competition for wealth occurred not only between Christianity and polytheism, but also between different Christian denominations. The constant conflict of ideas between different sects is not only a dispute of people’s hearts, but also a dispute of wealth to a large extent. The ability to let the wealthy and wealthy class willingly open their pockets is not only reflected in the ability of religious organizations and their outstanding leaders to enter their minds, but also in the ability of religious organizations to accumulate, manage, and rationally use wealth, which is the world’s “utility”. “superior.
  It is interesting to note that although the large donations of the Big Wealth House are generally favored by church organizations due to their actual wealth significance and propaganda effects, the churches generally do not want to behave as an organization greedy for wealth. , And did not put the main focus of work on the donation to the Dafuzhijia, but rely more on the small and multiple donations of the general communication crowd to build their own organizational capabilities and material strength. It is this posture and deeds that have been rooted in the grassroots for a long time that gave the rise of the church to have a strong and dense network foundation, and the large donations that have been increasing day by day are more of an icing on the cake, reflecting the growing inability of the Christian church to serve others. The neglected sense of presence.
  Rome was not built in a day, and of course it did not fall in a single blow. The decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire has long echoes, and there are many episodes of returning to the light. Contrary to the long-held preconceptions held by people, the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire and the rise of the Christian Church were not a process of ebb and flow, but more of a process of multi-party game: the smaller imperial court and the power of the declining rule. There has been a dazzling relationship between the local powers whose wealth is increasingly overshadowed, the barbaric regime that is content with the separatist regime, and the increasingly strict organization, the increasingly wealthy, and the increasingly mature financial skills of the church organization. There was also compromise and cooperation, which slowly established a new order and vitality in the post-Western Roman Empire.
  History is never a resolute and peaceful rebirth of high-rise buildings, but more a lengthy evolution over multiple historical undercurrents. It is the languidness of wealth brought about by the prosperous age, the more urgent pursuit of the meaning of existence caused by the sense of disillusionment at the end of the century, and the opposition to being in the organization brought about by the disturbing and uneasy world. The desire for a sense of security has made the changes in the outlook on wealth and the decline and fall of Western Rome and the rise of the Christian church more synchronic and relevant, thus giving the starting point of the Middle Ages a richer and more diverse dimension.