Original Research - Special Collection: Augustinus Symposium

God, memory and beauty: A Manichaean analysis of Augustine’s Confessions, Book X

Johannes van Oort
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1922 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1922 | © 2013 Johannes van Oort | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 January 2013 | Published: 10 April 2013

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Johannes van Oort, Early Christianity and Patristics, Radboud University, the Netherlands; Department of Church History and Church Polity, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The article first sketches some main trends in the recent study of Augustine’s Confessions as a work aimed at Manichaean readers. It then detects and analyses the Manichaean-inspired parts in Book X of the Confessions. Augustine’s famous theory of memory seems to be directly inspired by Manichaean concepts such as found in the Coptic Manichaean Kephalaia. The article end with a number of conclusions.


Augustine; Manichaeism; God; Memory; Beauty; Confessions; Confessions Book X; Manichaean Kephalaia


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