One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a religious sect which arose in Armenia in the 7th century AD, professing a modified form of Manichaeism.
- ‘The proclamational approach of the book of Acts had gradually transferred from Rome to the sectarian movements of the early and mid-Middle Ages: e.g., Paulicians, Albigenses, and Waldenses.’
- ‘Montanists, Paulicians, Albigenses, Waldensians, and even St. Patrick of Ireland were some of the forerunners to the German Anabaptists, who in turn gave rise to the modern Baptist churches.’
- ‘In his teaching, Bogomil used some of the ideas of two earlier heretic philosophies which had penetrated Bulgaria via Byzantium - those of the Paulicians and the Manichaeans.’
From medieval Latin Pauliciani, Greek Paulikianoi, of unknown origin.
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