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Pelagianism July 7, 2008

Posted by Jeremy in Pelagianism, Thoughts and Theology.


The Second Council of Orange (in 529) dealt directly with ongoing theological issues surrounding the conflict between Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in North Africa (354-430) and Pelagius, a British monk (c.354 – c.420/440) who challenged some of the traditional views of the Church, especially as presented by Augustine.

From the Canons of the Council of Orange (529 AD)

CANON 3. If anyone says that the grace of God can be conferred asa result of human prayer, but that it is not grace itself which makes us pray to God, he contradicts the prophet Isaiah, or the Apostle who says the same thing, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me” (Rom 10:20, quoting Isa. 65:1).

CANON 6. If anyone says that God has mercy upon us when, apart from his grace, we believe, will, desire, strive, labor, pray, watch, study, seek, ask, or knock, but does not confess that it is by the infusion and inspiration of the Holy Spirit within us that we have the faith, the will, or the strength to do all these things as we ought; or if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7), and, “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10).

If you want to learn more about Pelagianism, check out the white horse inn audio clip that Lane has uploaded. 

HT:Reformed Voices



1. jondouthit - July 16, 2008

I’m wondering..are you advocating Pelagian thought? or clarifying it? I was kind of confused, cause I know Augustine was very anti-Pelagian.

2. Jeremy - July 16, 2008

definitely not advocating pelagian thought just clarifying it to people who might not know anything about what the church has been through. I think it’s important for us to understand what happened in the past lest we think what we are seeing before is something new.

I am in stanch agreement with Augustine in his defense of Pelagian thought and the Council of Orange.

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