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Pelagius was an ascetic and theological writer from Britain. Before 410 he taught in Rome, and in 411/412, following the capture of Rome by the Goths, went to Palestine after a short stay in North Africa. His teaching, according to which the possibility of sinlessness was an essential part of human nature, provoked the criticism of Augustine and Jerome. This teaching had its setting in the pastoral care of members of the Roman elite. Pelagius stated that when one repeatedly …

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Löhr, Winrich, Markschies, Christoph and Holmes, Stephen R., “Pelagius/Pelagians/Semi-Pelagians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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