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Saint Augustine's Manichaean Legacy

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This chapter speaks about the open literary response to Manichaeism, the former religion. Van Oort is a professor of theology in the Netherlands, a lively and Prolific student of Augustine's Manichaean connections, and current president of the International Association of Manichaean Studies.It speaks on the Manichaean Legacy' which holds a threefold meaning: positive association with Manichaeism,his subsequent reaction to it, and its influences on him."Anti-Semitism&t; is a complete and irrational philosophy of life based on a Manichaean conception of the world". The Elect were the real instruments for effecting the release of light from its material prison in this world, the real saviours . The Elect were required to practise a rigorous asceticism, more than all other members of the human race,they had to be as uninvolved with matter as possible for the achievement of their task of releasing light.

Keywords:Anti-Semitism; asceticism; Augustine's Manichaean Legacy; elect; International Association; philosophy



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