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research on the impact of the Manichaeans on Augustine. It is concluded that, from his early years onwards and to the very end of his life, the Manichaean Christians were a real and powerful force to him. 1 Introduction * In Augustine’s life and work, the Manichaeans played a major role. They entered the

In: Mani and Augustine

us—and possibly to Faustus—primarily through Cicero’ (112). A little further on, now with reference to Stroumsa, 55 it is claimed that according to Faustus ‘religion is defined by practice. Commitment to a particular religion entails enactment of its precepts and living the life its teachings

In: Mani and Augustine

addressees add, “And we are the elect of the living father.” As I have argued in the previous chapter (p. 125), ⲛⲙⲟⲛⲁⲭⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲉⲧⲥⲟⲧⲡ, “the unique and elect,” in Gos. Thom. 49:1 is clearly a hendiadys. In a similar fashion, “the children of the light” and “the elect of the living father” in Gos. Thom. 50:2 can

In: The Gospel of Thomas and Plato