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The Myth of Pelagianism

Ali Bonner


Pelagius is the first known British author, important because of his persuasive advocacy of two ideas: that human nature was inclined to goodness, and that man had free will. After a campaign to vilify him, he was excommunicated in AD 418 for allegedly inventing a new heresy, and his name was made synonymous with arrogance. This book shows that Pelagius defended the contemporary ascetic account of Christianity and that, far from being the leader of a separatist group, he was one of many propagandists for the ascetic movement which swept through Christianity at this time and generated medieval ... More

Keywords: Pelagius, Pelagianism, Christianity, free will, grace, predestination, original sin, heresy, Jerome, Augustine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266397
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ali Bonner, author
Lecturer in Celtic History, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge