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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Anyhow, the version of self-of-virtue presented at this stage is intentionally more Aristotelian than Christian: a Christian understanding of a self-of virtue should include also God's agency, for avoiding falling into Pelagianism (Council, 1994, no.
Ladaria & Giacomo Morandi, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Placuit Deo: On Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation [paragraph] [paragraph] 3-4 (2018), http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20180222_placuit-deo_en.html [https://perma.cc/385D-VRQP] (clarifying what Pope Francis means by his use of the terms "Gnosticism" and "Pelagianism" in his ordinary magisterium).
Presumption has two forms: (1) we hold either that we can merit the object of our hope by our actions alone (Pelagianism), or (2) that we have already been saved (Reformation theology).
I also would hope the authors will someday broaden their lens when they indict the prosperity gospel preachers for Pelagianism. "The vision of faith offered by the prosperity gospel is in clear contradiction to the concept of a humanity marked by sin with a need for eschatological salvation, tied to Jesus Christ as savior and not to the success of its own works," they write.
He is not afraid of taking on two 'pseudo- holiness', which seem to be prevalent among certain sections of the laity, "I would like to mention two false forms of holiness that can lead us astray: gnosticism and pelagianism. They are two heresies from early Christian times, yet they continue to plague us.
"Pelagianism." Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation.
Brown's 1904 article on 'The Author of The Pearl Considered in the Light of His Theological Opinions' that sought to identify an Augustinian mode of thinking of grace and salvation in the poem, as opposed to a kind of Pelagianism that the poet, according to Brown, aimed to dismiss.
An historical presentation of Augustinism and Pelagianism from the original sources.
If you look at the history of the communist movement, you will be reminded of the often genocidal disputes over Arianism and Pelagianism in the ancient world, and of the religious inquisitions of the late medieval period, in which heresies were singled out and named--sometimes for the person who first committed them or made them prominent.
Following Aquinas, they contended for a middle ground between Pelagianism, which allowed human beings to achieve salvation by their own efforts, and the Reformed approach which denied humans even the capacity to choose grace.
In that sense this is not Sartrian Pelagianism, not pure human agency, not just Feuerbach, Freud and Bloch saying God is an imaginary projection.
Or as Abelard, perhaps yielding to a latent Pelagianism, had claimed, pagan philosophy might disclose more than the pagans could admit: the divinity of Christ, if not his Incarnation, might be demonstrated--albeit that might suggest a lurking deism.