The Catholic and Manichaean Ways of Life (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 56)

The Catholic and Manichaean Ways of Life (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 56)

DONALD A. GALLAGHER
IDELLA J. GALLAGHER
Copyright Date: 1966
Pages: 148
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    The Catholic and Manichaean Ways of Life (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 56)
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Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xi-xx)

    The de moribus ecclesiae catholicae and the De Moribus Manichaeorum (written in 388 and revised in 390) belong to the first period of St. Augustne’s literary activity as a Christian, extending from the time of his conversion in 386 to that of his ordination in 391. It was during this period also that St. Augustine wrote the so-called philosophical dialogues, such as the De beata vita (386) and the De magistro (389). Paulinus of Nola referred to the two books on moral teaching and practices, together with the De libero arbitrio (388-395), the De Genesi contra Manichaeos (388-390), and the...

  4. BOOK ONE THE WAY OF LIFE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    (pp. 3-62)

    In our other books we have, I believe, adequately refuted the attacks of the Manichaeans upon the Law. which is called the Old Testament—arguments which they propose with neither skill nor piety and publish abroad with empty boasting amid the applause of the unlearned.¹ I shall, therefore, treat this subject only briefly here. For what person of even ordinary intelligence cannot see that an explanation of the Scriptures should be sought from those who are by profession teachers of Scripture? It may happen, and in fact usually does, that things which at first seem absurd to the uninstructed appear...

  5. BOOK TWO THE WAY OF LIFE OF THE MANICHAEANS
    (pp. 65-118)

    I do not believe anyone would hesitate to admit that the question of good and evil pertains to moral doctrine, and it is this which concerns us in the present discussion. Therefore, I wish that men would bring to this inquiry minds sufficiently clear and penetrating as to be able to see the supreme good than which nothing is better nor more sublime, and to which the pure and perfect rational soul is subject. For, if they had a perfect understanding of this good, they would recognize it at once as that which is most properly called the supreme and...

  6. GENERAL INDEX
    (pp. 121-126)
  7. INDEX OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
    (pp. 127-128)