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Pe·la·gi·an·ism

 (pə-lā′jē-ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
The theological doctrine propounded by Pelagius, a British monk, and condemned as heresy by the Roman Catholic Church in ad 416. It denied original sin and affirmed the ability of humans to be righteous by the exercise of free will.

Pe·la′gi·an adj. & n.

Pelagianism

(pɛˈleɪdʒɪəˌnɪzəm)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a heretical doctrine, first formulated by Pelagius, that rejected the concept of original sin and maintained that the individual takes the initial steps towards salvation by his own efforts and not by the help of divine grace

Pelagianism

the heretical doctrines of Pelagius, 4th-century British monk, especially a denial of original sin and man’s fallen spiritual nature, and an assertion that man’s goodness was sufficiënt for him to work out his salva-tion without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Cf. Semi-Pelagianism. — Pelagian, n., adj.
See also: Heresy
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Noun1.Pelagianism - the theological doctrine put forward by Pelagius which denied original sin and affirmed the ability of humans to be righteous; condemned as heresy by the Council of Ephesus in 431
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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There are also tales of lesser players, such as Bishop Germanus, who, coming to Britannia to eradicate the Pelagian heresy in the fifth century, found himself commanding a military force against the Pict and Saxon invaders.
David's lifestyle was so ostentatiously pure that he was suspected of the Pelagian heresy, the idea that you can get into Heaven by your own efforts.
Marpeck's alarm at being charged with the Pelagian heresy is palpable.