Semi-Pelagianism


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Semi-Pelagianism

a heretical doctrine, of the 5th century that accepted the doctrine of original sin but asserted that man’s turning to God of his own free will, not after the provocation of the Holy Ghost, begins the process of spiritual rebirth. Cf. Pelagianism.
See also: Heresy
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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. (8) So instead, the Council speaks of the instrumental cause of baptism, replaces material cause with meritorious cause, and locates formal causality, not in the human being's nature, but in the righteousness infused into the believer by God.
For all his defense of church councils and church tradition, Simpson surely knows that the semi-Pelagianism he promotes was rejected at the second Synod of Orange in 529 A.D.
Michael Moriarty, in "Grace and religious belief in Pascal," offers a very helpful way of distinguishing Jansenism from Calvinism, and from the Semi-Pelagianism of the Jesuits.