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12805Mani & The Manicheans this Sunday on Coffee, Cigs & Gnosis!!!

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  • miguelconner
    Oct 26, 2006
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      It's M-M-M-Mani and the Manicheans (played to Elton John's `Benny &
      The Jets')

      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.

      Topics Discussed:

      --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 tomes—The 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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