Pelagianism is a theological theory named after Pelagius (AD 354 – AD 420/440), although he denied, at least at some point in his life, many of the doctrines associated with his name. It is the belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without special Divine aid. Thus, Adam's sin was "to set a bad example" for his progeny, but his actions did not have the other consequences imputed to Original Sin. Pelagianism views the role of Jesus as "setting a good example" for the rest of humanity (thus counteracting Adam's bad example) as well as providing an atonement for our sins. In short, humanity has full control, and thus full responsibility, for obeying the Gospel in addition to full responsibility for every sin (the latter insisted upon by both proponents and opponents of Pelagianism). According to Pelagian doctrine, because humans are sinners by choice, they are therefore criminals who need the atonement of Jesus Christ. Sinners are not victims, they are criminals who need pardon.Answer Question
Sinners are not victims, they are criminals who need pardon
. I dunnot about this statement. I do know though that people who hurt-hurt people. All lives are redeemable and all are forgiven and can be forgiven. Law and sin are not the same, therefor leaving criminals to be punished by appropriate existing laws. With that, rehabilitation and the opportunity to experience God's love is required IMO. I believe for the most part sinnners do sin by choice but there are so many mentally ill out there that have no idea what they are doing, and some are breaking laws due to necessity and depseration rather than just being evil by nature.
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I just read another bit about this theory and he seemed to have run ins with St Augustine. St Augustine apparently wrote some pieces on the issues Pelagius preached. I understand that Augustine didn't mention Pelagius by name in his works, though he pretty thoroughly disproved the assertions. Augustine's On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins, and The Baptism of Infants. I've only skimmed it, but I love Augustine's proofs. He was a brilliant man
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