Manichaeism


Manichaeism

Manichaeism Manicheism noun

  1. the system of religious doctrines, including elements of Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc, taught by the Persian prophet Mani about the 3rd century ad . It was based on a supposed primordial conflict between light and darkness or goodness and evil
  2. mainly RC Church any similar heretical philosophy involving a radical dualism

Derived FormsManichee, nounWord Origin for Manichaeism C14: from Late Latin Manichaeus, from Late Greek Manikhaios of Mani Examples from the Web for manichaeism Historical Examples of manichaeism

  • Manichaeism was thus able to satisfy the new wants of an old world.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5

    Various

  • It is a mistake to suppose that he accepted any kind of Manichaeism as his solution of the problem of the universe.

    La Lgende des Sicles

    Victor Hugo

  • In reality his thought is much more permeated with Christian feeling than with Manichaeism.

    La Lgende des Sicles

    Victor Hugo

  • Augustine stayed for a year in Rome, occupied in literary work, particularly in controversy with Manichaeism.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8

    Various

  • Manichaeism seemed to him to solve the mysteries of the world, and of his own experiences by which he was perplexed.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8

    Various

  • Word Origin and History for manichaeism Manichaeism n.

    1550s, “the religion of the Manichees” (late 14c.) a Gnostic Christian sect named for its founder, Mani (Latin Manichæus), c.215-275, Syriac-speaking apostle from a Jesus cult in Mesopotamia in 240s, who taught a universal religion. Vegetarian and visionary, they saw “particles of light and goodness” trapped in evil matter and regarded Satan as co-eternal with God. The universe was a scene of struggle between good and evil. The sect was characterized by dualism and a double-standard of perfectionist “elects” and a larger group of fellow travelers who would require several reincarnations before their particles of light would be liberated.

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