Pelagianism
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Pelagianism designates in theology a heretical position with regard to the problems of grace and freedom. It goes back to the British monk Pelagius (“Morgan”) who about the year 400 preached in Rome a strictly biblical spirituality with strong emphasis on the human will. It was disseminated by his disciples Caelestius and Julian of Eclanum. Augustine played a decisive role in the Pelagian controversy, whose historical course need not be pursued here in detail. Like the Stoics, Pelagius thought t…

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Henri Rondet, “Pelagianism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_003180>
First published online: 2016



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