Manichaeism

The synthesis of all religions.
Presentation by Jason Stafford

The Persian Mani created this heretical idea which brings all religions together as one. It was a very intellectual religoin which brought salvation through knowledge. Manichaeists despised Catholics, yet they practiced some similar teachings and Mani, the founder, claimed to be the Paraclete promised by Jesus.

Picture of Manichaeism's founder, Mani.

Many Catholics wrote against the teachings of Manichaeism such as St. Ephraem and Alexander of Lycopolis. Manichaeism focus' too much on the principles of good and evil to the point of becoming a Dualism religion. The good is described as The Father, but in Manichaeism has four persons or faces thought to be Time, Light, Force, and Goodness; and supporting these faces are the five tabernacles or limbs thought to be Intelligence, Reason, Thought, Reflection, and Will. Opposite to this good is the bad, or King of Darkness, which is thought to hold equal power.

Manichaeism with good and evil as equals, or Dualism.

There are many obvious faults in Manichaeism that anyone can point out. First of all, good and evil are not equal powers, rather good out does evil 2 to 1 if not more. Also, following all religions is illogical, as many contradict each other on multiple issues. Some of the main arguments that Theologians have made against Manichaeism can be tracked to specific in detail teachings fought by Manichaeism.

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