12805Mani & The Manicheans this Sunday on Coffee, Cigs & Gnosis!!!
- Oct 26, 2006It's M-M-M-Mani and the Manicheans (played to Elton John's `Benny &
Manichaeism was the only global Gnostic religion ever, extending from
the Atlantic Ocean to central and southern Asia. Persian, Mongolian
and Chinese kings even made it a state religion (one claimed Mani was
the avatar of Lao-Tze). It lasted for a thousand years and survived
until the 15th century, yet it is perhaps the least known variety of
Gnosticism today. Manichaeism was also the biggest threat to the
Catholic Church in its early history, as well as a competitor to
several Eastern faiths in Asia. But the guys with swords tend to
always win over the pacifists. We revisit the origins, history, and
theology of this most unusual catholic Gnosticism.
Jason BeDuhn, author of `The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and
Ritual' & Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion
Northern Arizona University joins `Coffee, Cigarettes & Gnosis' this
Sunday, October 29, at 3 PM PST/5 PM CST/6 PM EST at
Freethoughtmedia.com. Just click the `ON AIR' button under the banner.
--The extraordinary life of the Prophet Mani, including his passion
and execution because of an orthodox priesthood (does the story ever
--The cosmology, tenets and rituals of Manichaeism, as well as how it
was able to compete with so many different religions across the world.
--How the Roman Catholic Church not only exterminated Manichaeism but
also co-opted several of its traditions (confession, priesthood
celibacy, and more).
--Saint Augustine, the ex-Manichean, and his ability to interbreed
Christian and Manichean theology that changed the Church forever.
--Evidence that it was perhaps the Manicheans who absorbed the classic
Gnostics and not the persecution of the early Church.
--The reasons why there is so little known of Mani and his religion in
these modern times.
--Dispelling the fable that Manicheans (like all other Gnostics) were
world-haters by glancing at their sublime scriptures and wisdom.
--Evidence for and against the Manicheans influencing the Bogomils and
Cathars of the later Middle Ages.
And much more.
Next week we deal with the divine feminine in Judaism and one of the
most important Kabbalist tomesThe Zohar. Our guest is Daniel C.
Matt, best selling author of `God and The Big Bang', `The Essential
Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism' & `The Zohar: annotated &
This week's rebroadcast of `Coffee, Cigarettes & Gnosis' is show
#12`The Matrix Revolution'. We deal with Gnostic-themed movies such
as `Fight Club', `The Truman Show' and others, as well as some modern
Gnostic writers like Carlos Castaneda and Philip K Dick. Show starts
at 3 PM Eastern on Sunday.
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