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Manichaeism
(1,143 words)

1. Manichaeism is a vanished world religion that once extended from Western Europe to China. Often simplistically attached to ‘Gnosis’ (→ Gnosticism), Manichaeism was a major threat to the early Christian church, and many misrepresentations are the result of interreligious conflicts. The dark ‘Manichean vision of the world,’ for instance, is a travesty concocted by the religion's conquerors, who themselves received more from it than they admitted.

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Hutter, Manfred, “Manichaeism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00262>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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