Historical Who is Who

PELAGIUS

c 390 - 418
England
RELIGION

 

A British monk teaching principally in Rome and N Africa. Named after him is the contentious claim that human beings through active willing can perfect themselves. This goes against the hitherto traditional Christian teaching that they are so affected by a propensity to self interest (sin) that they need radical help if they are to behave otherwise – given through faith in God and mediated through a transformative community. Recent research challenges the judgement that Pelagius is fairly branded by the church as heretical in his actual teaching.

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