Manichaeism, once a gnostic world religion, soon spread to the Roman West. Here, the life and the work of the future (and, without doubt, most influential) Church Father Augustine (354-430) became inextricably connected with Manichaean teachings and practices. In view of the many new Manichaean texts in particular, it turns out that, without a thorough knowledge of the ‘Religion of Light’, Augustine’s theology and philosophy are hardly conceivable.
This volume brings together the selected papers of the Fribourg-Utrecht symposium
Augustine and Manichaeism in the Latin West, organized on behalf of the
International Association of Manichaean Studies in Fribourg (Switzerland) in the summer of 1998. It contains a considerable number of contributions by leading authorities on the subject, focussing on the diffusion of Mani’s religion in the Latin West and on its impact upon St Augustine.
Johannes van Oort, Ph.D. (1986), Utrecht, Department of Ecclesiastical History, University of Utrecht. Publications include
Jerusalem and Babylon. A Study into Augustine’s City of God and the Sources of his Doctrine of the Two Cities (Brill, 1991) and
Mani, Manichaeism and Augustine. The Rediscovery of Manichaeism and Its Influence on Western Christianity (Georgian Academy of Sciences, 1983).
Otto Wermelinger, Ph.D. (1973), Paris, Department of Patristics and Church History, Université de Fribourg. Publications include
Rom und Pelagius (Stuttgart, 1975); (ed.)
Paradosis. Contributions in the History of Early Christian Literature and Theology.
Gregor Wurst, Ph.D. (1994), Münster, Dr. Hab. (2000), Fribourg, Séminaire de Patristique, Université de Fribourg. Publications include
Das Bêmafest der ägyptischen Manichäer (Altenberge 1995) and
Die Bêma-Psalmen (Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum, 1996).
"Here is an excellent resource for patristics specialists and students of Manichaeism." – Birger A. Pearson, in:
Religious Studies Review, 2002