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(Biography) ?360–?420 ad, British monk, who originated the body of doctrines known as Pelagianism and was condemned for heresy (417)


(pəˈleɪ dʒi əs)

a.d. 360?–420?, British monk and theologian who lived in Rome: teachings opposed by St. Augustine.
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Noun1.Pelagius - a British or Irish monk who denied the doctrines of original sin and predestination and defended human goodness and free will; his views were declared heretical by the Council of Ephesus in 431 (circa 360-418)
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You face the insinuations of the Pelagians and the demi- Peligians.
Unlike the Pelagians, he had a dim view of humanity's capacity to do the right thing when faced with the temptation to go off the rails; he actively defended the notion that we have an innate instinct to mess up the world and would have little faith in the power of positive thinking.
Anyone who has read the antipelagian works of Augustine has probably wondered whether the bishop actually preached to his congregation the sort of thing that he wrote in the heat of controversy with the Pelagians and so-called semipelagians.
At stake is Augustine's understanding of how human will relates to God's will in terms of Augustine's disagreement with Pelagians over salvation, but also what KartIkova calls the unacceptable implications of this controversy, including "double predestination, inherited guilt which deserves eternal punishment and its transmission through libidinous procreation".
Augustine of Hippo, scourge of Donatists and Pelagians, would have to say on this ecclesiological issue.
Augustine's writings against the Manichees and the Pelagians illustrate his theory.
Is grace the key to faith or were the Pelagians right to acquire faith through reason?
Hassel then concludes with a meaty paragraph covering the "freedom of the will in the moral process" citing Donne, Aquinas, Augustine, the Pelagians, the Manicheans, as well as six scholarly references that considered the "question of bondage of the will," the will "in the Catholic meditative tradition," and the "fallen reason" (389-91).
The Pelagians upheld nature and free will, contesting Augustine's discussion of the necessity of redemption and grace, as well as his emphasis on human fragility.
The new Pelagians saw humans as worthy to earn salvation, or, alternatively, to govern themselves.
Furthermore, in his treatment of the Pelagians, Hombert is not entirely fair.