That It Becomes the Soul to Praise God, and to Confess
On the Vanity of Those Who Wished to Escape the Omnipotent
Heaving Heard Faustus, the Most Learned Bishop of the
Manichaeans, He Discerns that God, the Author both of
Things Animate and Inanimate, Chiefly has Care for the
That the Knowledge of terrestrial and Celestial Things
does not Give Happiness, but the Knowledge of God Only.
Of Manichaeus Pertinaciously Teaching False Doctrines,
and Proudly Arrogating to Himself the Holy Spirit.
Faustus was Indeed an Elegant Speaker, but knew Nothing
of the Liberal Sciences.
Clearly seeing the fallacies of the Manichaeans, he retires
from them, being remarkably aided by God.
He sets out for Rome, his mother in vain lamenting it.
Being attacked by fever, he is in great danger
When he had left the Manichaeans, he retained his depraved
opinions concerning sin and the origin of the saviour.
Helpidius disputed well against the Manichaeans as to
the authenticity of the New Testament.
Professing rhetoric at Rome, he discovers the fraud of
He is sent to Milan, that he, about to teach rhetoric,
may be known by Ambrose.
Having heard the bishop, he percieves the force of the
Catholic faith, yet doubts, after the manner of the modern