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Paulicians similarities with Cathars, what exactly did they share? Did Paulicians had influence in Italian noble houses? If so, how exactly.

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June 17, 2023, 2:53 a.m.

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Yes, it is believed that the Paulicians, an early Christian sect that developed in the 7th-century Armenia, may have had an influence on both the Cathars and Waldensians, who originated in the 11th and 12th centuries respectively. The Paulicians were known for their dualist theology, anti-clericalism, and rejection of the institutionalized Church. They also placed a strong emphasis on the spiritual side of faith and the importance of direct religious experience. The Cathars, a dualist religious group in Southern France, shared several ideas with the Paulicians. Both sects rejected the Catholic Church's hierarchy and sacraments, promoted a direct relationship with God, and adhered to a strict moral and ethical code. While there is no historical evidence of a direct connection between the Paulicians and Cathars, it is possible that some of their ideas may have been transmitted through trade and migration or through connections with other heretical groups. The Waldensians, on the other hand, were initially a reform movement within the Catholic Church, founded by Peter Waldo in the late 12th century. They advocated for a simpler, more direct religious experience, adherence to the scriptures, and a return to the apostolic lifestyle. Although there are some similarities between the Paulicians and Waldensians, the connection seems to be weaker than that with the Cathars. It is worth noting that the Waldensians were not dualists like the Paulicians and Cathars, but they did share the rejection of the institutional authority of the Church. In summary, while there may not be direct historical evidence tying these groups, the similarities in their beliefs suggest that the Paulicians may have had some influence, either directly or indirectly, on both the Cathars and the Waldensians.

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June 17, 2023, 2:48 a.m.

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Published: Saturday, June 17, 2023

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