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This front matter section of the book titled Manichaeism and Its Legacy contains the table of contents, a list of abbreviations, location of the original publications, the acknowledgements and the introduction. The book addresses Manichaeism, the religion founded by and named after Mani in the third century CE; and it discusses its contacts with Augustine of Hippo, its most famous convert and also its best-known adversary. Mani's system is based on a fundamental question-Why does evil exist?-and on its solution; both anchored in a cosmogony an explanation of the origin of the present world. This cosmogony describes three moments or phases-the original separated existence of good (synonymous with spirit and light) from evil (identified with matter and darkness); their current intermingled state; and the ultimate return of good and evil to their separate realms.

Keywords:Augustine of Hippo; cosmogony; Manichaeism



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