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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.


of or inhabiting the open sea
[C18: from Latin pelagius, from Greek pelagios of the sea, from pelagos sea]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to Pelagius or his doctrines
(Ecclesiastical Terms) an adherent of the doctrines of Pelagius
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You face the insinuations of the Pelagians and the demi- Peligians.
Beginning with the seventeenth-century Cambridge Platonists and ending with Emerson's "Divinity School Address" (1838), Wells surveys the development of Pelagian heterodoxy as it led in various guises to revolutionary democratic optimism.
While I have never read any of Domning, I can say that evolutionary theology is neither pantheistic nor pelagian.
xv) - but it is a pity that the gnostic Paul and the Pelagian Paul are only seen in a mirror, in discussions of Irenaeus (Norris), or Origen (Gorday), or Augustine (Fredriksen).
When the Pelagian Julian accused the Bishop of Hippo of having changed his opinion regarding the nature and transmission of original sin, Augustine invited Julian to look at his earliest writings and therein to see the consistency of thought that existed all along--sic tenui semper ut teneo (c.
Following upon the labours of scholars like Hans Lietzmann and Donatien de Bruyne, he divides the correspondence into two sections: (1) letters concerned with the Old Testament canon and the Epistle to the Galatians; (2) letters pertaining to the Pelagian Controversy.
Early in February 2006, Candax spudded its Chaal-I exploration well on the 1,200 sq km Chaal block in the onshore Pelagian Basin, which it got from ETAP in April 2005.
Despite the themes of radical evil, there is a deep Pelagian quality to Kant's writings in his confidence that human beings can achieve their ultimate moral objectives both on the individual and the social levels.
Not content with this, Professor Clark adds a further chapter on the Pelagian controversy, outlining the views of Ambrosiaster, Paulinus of Nola, and Rufinus the Syrian, as well as the Pelagian writings themselves and the attacks by Jerome and Augustine.
We look anew at major controversies, learning to think, for example, of the Pelagian controversy as in some ways primarily a controversy over the doctrine of Christ (221-28).
It is, however, in his discussion of the debates of the Pelagian controversy that Girard's discussion of Augustine's views on death seems to the reviewer to be most fruitful.
In this chapter he also details the prominent role for the Donatist controversy in intra-African relations and the influence of the Donatist and Pelagian controversies for relations with the papacy and overseas regional bishops' assemblies.