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Jason BeDuhn Separates the Light from the Darkness

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We are honoured to be able to put some irresponsible questions to Professor Jason BeDuhn about a number of subjects, including:

  • Whatever happened to the Manichæans?
  • What kind of a person was Mani?
  • How does Augustine fit into this story? and, as an unexpected bonus,
  • What about the Cathars?

Interview Bio:

Jason BeDuhn is Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. A Guggenheim and National Humanities Center Fellow, he is an advisor to UNESCO’s Atlas of the Silk Road project and former chair of the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion at NAU. He has published and lectured widely on numerous subjects, and has particularly made his mark on the study of Manichæism.

Recommended Reading:

  • Jason D. BeDuhn. Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma, Volume 1: Conversion and Apostasy, 373-388 CE. Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religions. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
  • Idem. Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma, Volume 2: Making a “Catholic” Self, 388-401 CE. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
  • J. Kevin Coyle. Manichaeism and its Legacy. Number 69 in Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies. Brill, Leiden/Boston, MA, 2009.
  • François Decret. Aspects du manichéisme dans l’Afrique romaine. Les controverses de Fortunatus, Faustus et Felix avec saint Augustin. Études Augustiniennes, Paris, 1970.
  • Iain Gardner. The Founder of Manichaeism: Rethinking the Life of Mani. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2020.
  • Paul Mirecki and Jason BeDuhn, editors. Frontiers of Faith: The Christian Encounter with Manichaeism in the Acts of Archilaus. Number 61 in Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies. Brill, Leiden/Boston, MA, 2007.