Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a sect, probably founded by Constantine of Syria during the latter half of the seventh century, which held the dualistic doctrine that all matter was evil, believed that Christ, having a purely ethereal body, suffered only in appearance, and rejected the authority of the Old Testament and religious ordinances and ceremonies. The sect is said to have become extinct in the thirteenth century. The name is probably derived from their high regard for the apostle Paul.
- n. historical A member of the Paulicianism movement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Christian dualists originating in Armenia in the seventh century. They rejected the Old Testament and the part of the New.
“Michael I began to persecute again and his successor Leo V, though an Iconoclast, tried to refute the accusation that he was a Paulician by persecuting them furiously.”
“The cardinal point of the Paulician heresy is a distinction between the God who made and governs the material world and the God of heaven who created souls, who alone should be adored.”
“There were Paulician communities in the part of Armenia occupied by”
“Constantine of Mananalis, calling himself Silvanus, founded what appears to be the first Paulician community at Kibossa, near Colonia in Armenia.”
“Paulician army invaded Asia Minor as far as Ephesus, and almost to the coast opposite Constantinople.”
“But in any case it represents a very late stage of their history, and it is disputed whether it is really Paulician at all.”
“Manichæans, and is a valuable witness of the Paulician phase of”
“Again occupied by the Greeks from 1018 to 1186, it enjoyed great prosperity; a section of the population was Paulician or Manichaean.”
“Colonia was one of the centres of the Paulician heresy.”
“Smbat, supposed author of the Paulician _Key of Truth_, 80”
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