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Characteristics Of Manichaeism In Roman Africa

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This chapter expands on the work of François Decret, the undisputed expert on Manichaeism in North Africa. If Augustine's experience is anything to go by, there was much in Manichaeism that appealed to North Africans; and that they put their own stamp on it seems beyond dispute. However much off the mark Grondijs' notions of a separate "Numidian" Manichaeism might be, he is right to finger its singularity in the realms of trinitarian and christological thought, and it remains that Manichaeism in Roman Africa demonstrated traits not found elsewhere. On the other hand, Decret maintains that African Manichaeans were especially concerned about practices, prohibitions, and rituals - externals, in other words - while in Italy the greater concern was with dogma.

Keywords: Augustine; François Decret; Manichaeism; Roman Africa



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