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Augustine and Manichaean Christianity

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Based on several newly discovered texts, Augustine and Manichaean Christianity provides groundbreaking discussions of the relationship between the most influential church father of the West and the religion of his formative years. Augustine's connection with Manichaean Christians was not only intense, but also enduring. This book unearths the essential background of writings such as Augustine's Confessiones, De ordine and De vera religione, and discloses many a hidden Manichaean source of his powerful concepts of memory and the vision of God. Contributions by, among others, Iain Gardner, Therese Fuhrer, Jason BeDuhn, Majella Franzmann, Josef Lossl, Annemare Kotze and Nils Arne Pedersen.
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Preface: Augustine and Manichaean Christianity: A Paradigm Shift in Augustinian Studies? Jason David BeDuhn, "Not to Depart from Christ": Augustine Between "Manichaean" and "Catholic" Christianity Jacob Albert van den Berg, Biblical Quotations in Faustus' Capitula Majella Franzmann, Augustine and Manichaean Almsgiving: Understanding a Universal Religion with Exclusivist Practices Therese Fuhrer, Re-coding Manichaean Imagery: the Dramatic Setting of Augustine's De ordine Iain Gardner, Mani, Augustine and the Vision of God Andreas Hoffmann, The Few and the Many: A Motif of Augustine's Controversy with the Manichaeans Annemare Kotze, A Protreptic to a Liminal Manichaean at the Centre of Augustine's Confessions 4 Josef Lossl, Augustine on "The True Religion": Reflections of Manichaeism in De vera religione Johannes van Oort, God, Memory and Beauty: A `Manichaean' Analysis of Augustine's Confessions, Book 10,1-38 Nils Arne Pedersen, Manichaean Self-Designations in the Western Tradition Appendix: Research Overview Gijs Martijn van Gaans, The Manichaean Bishop Faustus: The State of Research After a Century of Scholarship

About the Author

Johannes van Oort is Professor of Patristics in Nijmegen and Pretoria. He published some 25 books and many scholarly articles, mainly on Augustine and Manichaeism. Among his newly published books are Augustine and Manichaeism in the Latin West (ed., paperback edition Brill: Leiden-Boston 2012), Zugange zur Gnosis (ed., with Chr. Markschies, Peeters: Leuven 2013) and Jerusalem and Babylon: A Study of Augustine's City of God (paperback edition Brill: Leiden-Boston 2013).


"...very stimulating insights concerning the relationship between Manichaean and Augustinian thought. [...] the volume as a whole is a coherent collection that makes a significant contribution to this neglected area of study." - Paul Foster, University of Edinburgh, in: The Expository Times 126/2

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