Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Manicheism

Manicheism, n. The ancient Persian doctrine of an incessant warfare between Good and Evil. When Good gave up the fight the Persians joined the victorious opposition.

2005 Update: An ancient religion which in the Roman Empire was once the prime competition to and blended with early Christianity. Requiring decisive choice, Manicheism is thought to be extinct. The debate among theologians as to whether this represents a victory or loss continues.

2 comments:

Voracious Reader said...

If you're interested in Manichaeism, then you might like to read St. Augustine's Confessions, as he converted to Catholocism from Manichaeism.

Doug said...

Voracious, Augustine's Confessions is one of my favorite tracts and includes one of my favorite prayers...give me chastity and continence but not yet.