Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Thompson, J. 2011. Pelagius (c.354–c.420). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
Pelagius was an ascetic monk and lay theologian in the early church who denied the doctrine of original sin from Adam. He was eventually declared a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church. His doctrine of a free will became commonly known as Pelagianism, which was strongly opposed by Augustine of Hippo.
- pelagius (c.354–c.420);
- doctrine of a free will, as pelagianism;
- roman christians' morality, in a poor state