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On The Catechumen, Who Is Saved In A Single Body

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This chapter contains two discourses on Catechumenate ethics. For the first discourse, Mani is questioned by an Elect about how a Catechumen can avoid the process of reincarnation. In response, Mani is made to describe three sets of five characteristics that the Catechumen must posses. For the second part of the discourse, Mani is asked about what happens to the prior sins of those Catechumens who were idolaters, blasphemers, murderers, and magicians before entering the church (1Ke 231.12-24). In response, Mani is made to argue that as long as such a Catechumen (1) accepts the faith, (2) separates Light from Darkness, (3) perceives the mystery of the Living Soul, (4) receives the right-hand of peace, and (5) prays to the Light-Mind for forgiveness (1Ke 232.1-8) all prior sins will be forgiven. The chapter presents four sets of five-part ethical patterns, two from the first discourse and two from the second.

Keywords:Catechumen; five-part ethical pattern; forgiveness of sin; light-mind; living soul; Manichaean Kephalaia



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