Cathars and catharism

Philosophy of the catharism

Cathar philosophy

he foundations of Christian dualism are to be found in the philosophy of Paul of Tarsus. His disciple, Marcion of Sinope, demonstrates the relentless opposition of the two concepts of God featured in the old Bible and the Gospel. His spiritual church extends from East to West from the second century, until it hands over to the new church of the good Christians (the cathars) and then disappears in the eleventh century.

We claim that the same vision of the world is still alive in the twenty-first century and that similar questions are being asked in the scientific and conscious worlds.

There is no such thing as God in the real world. He is absent and cannot be opposed. And yet the idea of a pure God is present in our minds. This purification is a path of truth which cuts through reality and reasoned logic. Any study of the foundation texts has to draw on the critical-history method which invalidates theological reasoning.

The old Bible talks about a law-making God, who was attached to worldly values, whilst the Gospel unveils a God detached from the world. Paul develops the idea of two creations:

  • the biblical god creates an instinctive and passionate man, derived from the animal kingdom;
  • Christ creates the son of man, derived from the spiritual kingdom, capable of discerning conscience. He doesn’t preach about the regeneration of the flesh, rather he rebukes it.

The fundamentally evil world in which we live belongs to the Devil. Evil – which is, quite simply, that which causes pain – takes priority, goodness only comes to relieve the excess of evil. Dualism offers non-violence to counter violence. Since evil is intrinsically linked to life as we know it, why would we imagine a God creator of all things good? There is a sort of emotional attachment which links us to the Devil like a slave to his master.

Cathar philosophy is a philosophy of liberation which turns the common view of the world upside down. In human society, cathar philosophy encounters as great a difficulty as that met by Galileo, who was trying to demonstrate that the evidence was wrong.

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Our internet site is regularly updated and features various articles and essays by Yves Maris – with a view to furthering the understanding of the Cathar philosophy, and to create and maintain links with today’s Cathars throughout the world.

cathares, philosphie cathare, catharisme

Yves Maris, philosophe cathare
8 mai 1950 - 29 juillet 2009


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En quête de Paul
L’affrontement de deux conceptions opposées
du monde au moment de l’émergence de
l’idée chrétienne fondatrice de la culture
et de la pensée occidentale, tel est l’objet
de cette quête

En Quête de Paul - Thèse de doctorat de Yves Maris

Cathares, catharisme, philosophie cathare