Original Research - Special Collection: Augustinus Symposium

‘Not to depart from Christ’: Augustine between ‘Manichaean’ and ‘Catholic’ Christianity

Jason D. BeDuhn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1355 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1355 | © 2013 Jason D. BeDuhn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 November 2012 | Published: 10 April 2013

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Jason D. BeDuhn, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University, United States; Research Fellow, Department of Church History and Polity, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The North African Manichaean community provided the setting in which Augustine reaffirmed a commitment to Christ and to ‘Christianity’ that he had largely abandoned in the years of his secular education, and it cultivated in him a positive relationship to ‘religion’ in addition to his personal fondness for ‘philosophy’. In both ways, his time with the Manichaeans formed an essential background to his later commitment to the ‘Catholic’ Christian community, and he continued to wrestle with that debt through his endeavours to convince Manichaeans that the Catholic Church could successfully address their earnest ‘Christian’ spiritual aspirations in a way Manichaean doctrine and practice never could.


Keywords

Augustine; Manichaeism; Faustus; Conversion; Heresy

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