Religion and Theology
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Your Name Instructor’s Name Course Name Due Date Throughout history, from the earliest formation of spiritual beliefs and religions, the primary purpose was to bring faith, hope, stability, comfort, and order to the community. Although it can be misused, misinterpreted, underestimated, and overestimated depending on one’s personal views, it has played a pivotal role in history as a whole, and sometimes that role is neither pleasant nor positive.
However, there are a number of other Christian churches, from a very long time ago, with different interpretations of Christianity that placed them out of favor with the traditional church, and are often forgotten in religious discussions. The Paulicians, the Bogomils, the Cathar (also, called the Albigensians) are all, likely, less familiar, examples of Christianity, but are deserving of attention. The first of these rather obscure branches of Christianity are the Paulicians. This sect is what is called a dualistic sect, which originated in Armenia in, approximately, the 7th century. The Paulician belief system was, primarily, a mixture of two Gnostic movements from the 3rd century, the Marcionism and Manichaeism. Their fundamental doctrine has two distinct principles that gave a different interpretation of traditional Christian doctrine. The first, that there is an evil god, the one responsible for the creation of the world and the ruler of this world and a good god that will rule the next world. This contrary belief, the idea of two gods, put them at serious conflict with accepted, existing, doctrine. ...