Four Anti-Pelagian Writings

Four Anti-Pelagian Writings

Four Anti-Pelagian Writings

Four Anti-Pelagian Writings

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"This volume brings together writings from early and late stages of Augustine's involvement in the Pelagian controversy. On Nature and Grace and on the Proceedings of Pelagius both date from A. D. 415-16 and constitute two of Augustine's most extensive treatments of the actual words of Pelagius. On the Predestination of the Saints and On the Gift of Perseverance were written in A. D. 428, near the end of Augustine's life. Augustine's opponents in his writings, he admits, are not really Pelagians at all. They were monks of Provence, led by John Cassian, who were disturbed by the more extreme consequences of the theology of grace and predestination that Augustine had worked out in his controversy with the Pelagians. Since the sixteenth century, they have been labeled "semi-Pelagians."" "Taken together, these writings provide an occasion to examine the continuity and development of Augustine's theology of grace. They also afford much insight into the fifth-century status of many theological questions that are alive today, such as the extent of the damage done to human nature by sin, the theology of original sin, the effects of baptism, and the true meaning and scope of God's salvific will. These treatises include some of Augustine's most significant statements on grace. Intended for scholars and students of theology and philosophy, this edition includes three treatises translated for the first time since the nineteenth century, two of which are the first from modern critical texts. William Collinge's trenchant introductions offer detailed accounts of the historical and critical work done over the hundred years since the last publication." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This volume brings together writings from early and late stages of Augustine's involvement in the Pelagian controversy. the first two books included here date from 415-16 and constitute two of Augustine's most extensive treatments of the actual words of Pelagius. in On Nature and Grace (De natura et gratia),Augustine rebuts the work of Pelagius, De natura, which he says first convinced him of the dangers of Pelagius' teaching. in On the Proceedings of Pelagius (De gestis Pelagii), he examines Pelagius' testimony at the Synod of Diospolis in Palestine in 415, in order to minimize, and even turn against Pelagius, the synod's verdict that Pelagius was orthodox. in On the Predestination of the Saints (De praedestinatione sanctorum) and On the Gift of Perseverance (De dono perseverantiae), probably written in 428, near the end of Augustine's life, Augustine's opponents are, he admits, not really Pelagians at all. Labeled "Semi-Pelagians" in the sixteenth century, they were monks of Provence, led by John Cassian, who were disturbed by the more extreme consequences of the theology of grace and predestination that Augustine had worked out in his controversy with the Pelagians. Since Augustine's reply to these opponents continues and extends the lines of thought of those of his writings that were directed against Pelagius and his associates, we have seen fit to title this volume, Four Anti-Pelagian Writings.

These writings, taken together, afford an occasion to examine both the continuity in Augustine's theology of grace and the developments in it which have been pointed out in recent scholarship and to which we make reference in the introductions to the works in this volume. They also afford insight into the fifth-century status of many theological questions which are still alive today, such as the extent of the damage done to hu-

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