LECTURE - Manichean Creation and Cosmic Battle Story

LECTURE - Manichean Creation and Cosmic Battle Story - I....

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I. Initial Principles A. In the beginning: two principles exist God – Good – Light/Spirit dwells "on high" [Enemy] – evil – matter dwells "below" B. these powers are independent and equal powers C. Each has auxiliary powers: God's are wholly good: splendor, light, soul Enemy's are wholly evil: obscurity, darkness, matter II. The War: Invasion by Matter, Responses of God A. Matter starts war matter desires to ascend to on-high – invasion desires power, dominance, destruction of God – wants to usurp God and drive him out B. God's first response – Creation of Soul needs to punish matter, but has no evil in himself creates power called "Soul" (or First Man or Primal Man – not humans!) o mission of Soul: confront Matter and mingle with it, infiltrate; make matter dependant on soul; then separate out from matter and kill (obliterate?) it C. Matter traps soul/Soul trapped But: soul is sullied, diminished by infiltration with matter – gets
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course RSRU 2610 taught by Professor Spangler during the Spring '08 term at Fordham.

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