Hidden Tradition in Europe

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Christianity has always defined itself through fierce opposition to powerful 'heresies'; yet it is only recently that we have begun to retrieve these remarkable, underground traditions, buried beneath the contempt of the Church. Of these 'heresies' the greatest challenge to the medieval Church was posed by the 'Great Heresy' of the Cathars, who saw themselves as inheritors of a true and long-concealed Christian tradition, but who were also heirs to the age-long teachings of Dualism - the doctrine that cosmos and ...
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Christianity has always defined itself through fierce opposition to powerful 'heresies'; yet it is only recently that we have begun to retrieve these remarkable, underground traditions, buried beneath the contempt of the Church. Of these 'heresies' the greatest challenge to the medieval Church was posed by the 'Great Heresy' of the Cathars, who saw themselves as inheritors of a true and long-concealed Christian tradition, but who were also heirs to the age-long teachings of Dualism - the doctrine that cosmos and man are constant battlegrounds between the two principal and irreconcilably opposed forces of good and evil. The Cathars, who were savagely suppressed in the thirteenth century, are the best-known medieval adherents and martyrs of Dualism, but yet behind them we can still glimpse 'one of the most elusive and tenacious heretical sects of the Middle Ages' - the Balkan Bogomils. In this superb piece of scholarly detective work Yuri Stoyanov charts the descent and evolution of Dualism, from the revelations of Zoroaster and the Orphics, via the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mithraic Mysteries and the great Gnostic teachers, to reconstruct its medieval revival in Europe. His book casts fresh light on some of the most obscure aspects of the history and the teachings of the Bogomils and the Cathars and illuminates unsuspected religious and political undercurrents that lie beneath the surface of official history.

Stoyanov brings to light the buried history of a tenacious heretical sect of the middle ages and the best-known adherents of Dualism, the doctrine that cosmos and man are constant battlegrounds between good and evil. Stoyanov charts the evolution of Dualism and illuminates unsuspected religious and political undercurrents that lie beneath the surface of official history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140193190
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Ch. 1 The Dualist Reformation 1
Two Principles 2
Twin Spirits 4
Spirit and Flesh 12
Creator and Destroyer 19
The Father of Light and Darkness 27
The 'Anointed' and the 'King of Babylon' 33
Creator and Accuser 40
The Prince of Light and the Angel of Darkness 44
Ch. 2 Syncretism and Orthodoxy 50
Three Empires 52
Syncretism in the East 56
Mithras the Mediator 59
Michael and Samael 68
Demiurge and Redeemer 71
The Throne and the Altar 81
The Prophet of Babylon 87
The Father of Greatness and the Prince of Darkness 92
The Diffusion of the 'Religion of Light' 97
Successors in Byzantium 103
Ch. 3 The Rise of the Great Heresy 109
From the Steppes to the Balkans 109
Kans and Emperors 114
Paganism, Heresy and Christianity 117
Rome, Constantinople and Theprice 120
The Anniversary of Zoroaster 123
The Descent of the 'Manichaean Darkness' 127
The Riddle of Bogomil Beginnings 130
The Time of Troubles 134
The Heresy in Anatolia 136
The Three Principles of the Thracian Euchites 140
The Crusades of Alexius Comnenus 142
Trials in Constantinople 146
Manuel Comnenus and Stefan Nemanja 148
Ch. 4 The Dualist Communion 151
Heresy in the West 151
The Rise of Catharism 154
Catharism in Languedoc 159
The Council at St-Felix and the Dualist Churches 162
The Schism 165
Ch. 5 The Crusade Against Dualism 170
Councils and Crusades 171
Suppression and Resistance 177
The Fall of Montsegur 181
Rome and the Balkan Heresy 184
The Decline of Catharism 187
The Antipope 190
The Bosnian Church and Ecclesia Sclavoniae 191
The Hesychast Mystics and the Bogomils 196
Heresy and Politics in Bosnia 202
The Fate of Balkan Dualism 207
Ch. 6 The Dualist Legends 211
Christ-Michael and Samael-Satan 214
The Good God and the God of Evil 219
Bethlehem and Capernaum 224
Select Bibliography 227
Notes 242
Index 293
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