Pelagianism

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Pelagius was a British biblical scholar and theologian who lived in Rome in the late 4th and early 5th centuries. He stressed the human ability to fulfill the commands of God. This teaching was opposed by St. [[Augustine of Hippo|Augustine]], the leading figure in the North African Church at that time. While Pelagius, in his claims that humans can (alone) do what God requires, had emphasized the freedom of human will and the ability to control one's motives and actions under the guidance of God's law, Augustine insisted that no one can control his or her own motivation and that person requires the assistance of God's grace if he or she is to will and to do good. Only with the help of divine grace can an individual overcome the force of sin and live rightly before God.
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Pelagius was a British biblical scholar and [[theologian]] who lived in [[Rome]] in the late 4th and early 5th centuries. He stressed the human ability to fulfill the commands of [[God]], and thus man's full responsibility for his own [[salvation]]. The role of [[Jesus]] is viewed as only "setting a good example" and divine [[grace]] has no place.
  
Pelagius was excommunicated in 417 by Pope Innocent I, and his views were condemned by a series of Church councils. The issues of human freedom (human works; fight of faith) and divine grace, however, have remained central topics of debate throughout the history of Christian theology.
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This teaching was opposed by St. [[Augustine of Hippo|Augustine]], the leading figure in the North African Church at that time. While Pelagius, in his claims that humans can (alone) do what God requires, had emphasized the freedom of human will and the ability to control one's motives and actions under the guidance of God's law, Augustine insisted that no one can control his or her own motivation and that person requires the assistance of God's grace if he or she is to will and to do good. Only with the help of divine grace can an individual overcome the force of sin and live rightly before God.
  
==Further reading==
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Pelagius was excommunicated in 417 by Pope [[Innocent I of Rome|Innocent I]], and his views were condemned by a series of Church councils. The issues of human freedom (human works; fight of faith) and divine grace, however, have remained central topics of debate throughout the history of Christian theology.
* http://mb-soft.com/believe/txc/pelagian.htm
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==Source and further reading==
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* [http://mb-soft.com/believe/txc/pelagian.htm Babcock WS and Shelley BL: Pelagius, Pelagianism (General and Advanced Information) - BELIEVE Website]
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* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11604a.htm CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Pelagius and Pelagianism]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelagianism Pelagianism - From Wikipedia]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:30, February 22, 2011

Pelagius was a British biblical scholar and theologian who lived in Rome in the late 4th and early 5th centuries. He stressed the human ability to fulfill the commands of God, and thus man's full responsibility for his own salvation. The role of Jesus is viewed as only "setting a good example" and divine grace has no place.

This teaching was opposed by St. Augustine, the leading figure in the North African Church at that time. While Pelagius, in his claims that humans can (alone) do what God requires, had emphasized the freedom of human will and the ability to control one's motives and actions under the guidance of God's law, Augustine insisted that no one can control his or her own motivation and that person requires the assistance of God's grace if he or she is to will and to do good. Only with the help of divine grace can an individual overcome the force of sin and live rightly before God.

Pelagius was excommunicated in 417 by Pope Innocent I, and his views were condemned by a series of Church councils. The issues of human freedom (human works; fight of faith) and divine grace, however, have remained central topics of debate throughout the history of Christian theology.

Source and further reading

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