In this book he defends the beginning of Genesis against the attacks of the Manichees, starting from this verse of chapter one, "In the beginning God created heaven and earth," and continuing up to verse two of chapter two in which God is said to have rested on the seventh day.
In Defense of the Old Law against the Manichees He Is Going to
Write in a Style Made Simpler So the Uneducated May Understand
OF THE Manichees would choose those whom they would lead astray, we too would choose our words to reply to them. But they pursue both the learned with their letters and the unlearned with their error, and they attempt to turn men away from the truth while they promise the truth. 1. Hence, their vanity must be refuted by the plain facts, not by an elegant and polished discourse. For I was pleased by the opinion of some truly Christian men who, though they had been well trained in the liberal arts, nonetheless saw, when they read the other books we published against the Manichees, that the less educated understood them either not at all or only with difficulty. 2. They advised me in a friendly____________________