Pelagianism


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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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The pope also said there were two specific temptations he wanted to warn the national church against, tying modern-day struggles to two ancient heresies of the church: Pelagianism and Gnosticism.
Diana Stanciu observes that in his Augustinus (1640) Cornelius Jansen saw Aristotelian notions of human nature and virtue as underpinning the resurgent Jesuit Pelagianism that he aimed to refute.
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3) DeLaura describes this belief as Pelagian (380)--a curious assertion in that Pelagianism asserts presence of God in this temporal world by denying the inherent (not earned) divinity of Christ; it describes divinity not as something that enters the world via the Incarnation but as something attainable by all who follow Christ's example.
This is because any cause of justification cannot arise from anything intrinsic to the believer's being, such as his nature or his will, for to claim such a cause would violate the Church's ancient condemnation of Pelagianism and semi-Pelagianism.
He appears to have played a leading role in combating Pelagianism, a teaching that cast doubt on the power of original sin and emphasised the power of human free will.
Pelagianism (fourth century) both contradicted the doctrine of original sin and asserted that the beginning of salvation proceeded not from grace but from human free will.
19) Even after returning to Christianity, however, Augustine had to battle Pelagianism, a dispute that frustrated him to such extremes that he retreated into the flawed doctrine of determinism.
McCarthy also identifies another major issue for Kierkegaard-Heidegger interpretation: those reading Kierkegaard and Heidegger from the perspective of Christian theology will balk at Heidegger's secular phenomenology, which is a contemporary form of Pelagianism in contrast to Kierkegaard's more Augustinian emphasis on the need for divine grace (114).
3) This played out in denunciations of the widespread "common-sense" pelagianism.
Finally, well-known controversies, Pelagianism and Donatism, for example, also appear in these pages, their debates about boundaries closely keyed to Augustine's perceptions of pride and the soul's debility.