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The myth of Pelagianism

Author: Ali Bonner
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2020]. 2018
Series: A British Academy monograph
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Pelagius, the first known British author, is famous for his defence of free will as the Roman Empire disintegrated. A persuasive advocate of two ideas - that human nature was inclined to goodness, and that man had free will - Pelagius was excommunicated in 418 after a campaign to vilify him for inventing a new and dangerous heresy. Setting this accusation of heresy against Pelagius in the context of recent  Read more...
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Named Person: Pélage
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ali Bonner
ISBN: 0197266398 9780197266397
OCLC Number: 1154096968
Notes: Comprend un index.
"First edition published in 2018, reprinted 2020"-- Verso de la page de titre.
Description: xviii, 342 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The caricature of Pelagius' teaching and its disjunction from the reality of texts written by Pelagius --
Pelagius did not invent anything: all the teachings in his writings had already been widely dissemieminated in ascetic paraenesis (part I) --
Pelagius did not invent anything: all the teachings in his writings had already been widely dissemieminated in ascetic paraenesis (part II and III) --
No organised movement existed, and no individual held the collection of attributed to 'Peglagianism' --
Systremic problems of definition and classification --
The invention of 'Pleagianism': motive and means --
The manuscript evidence and its implications --
Conclusion --
Appendix: Translation of the y-text of Ambrosiaster's Commentary on the Pauline Epistles, on Rom 9:11-16.
Series Title: A British Academy monograph
Responsibility: Ali Bonner.

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"Pelagius, the first known British author, is famous for his defence of free will as the Roman Empire disintegrated. A persuasive advocate of two ideas - that human nature was inclined to goodness, and that man had free will - Pelagius was excommunicated in 418 after a campaign to vilify him for inventing a new and dangerous heresy. Setting this accusation of heresy against Pelagius in the context of recent scholarship, The Myth of Pelagianism proves that Pelagius did not teach the ideas attributed to him or propose anything new. In showing that Pelagius defended what was the mainstream understanding of Christianity, Bonner explores the notion that rather than being the leader of a separatist group, he was one of many propagandists for the ascetic movement that swept through Christianity and generated medieval monasticism. Ground-breaking in its interdisciplinarity and in its use of manuscript evidence, The Myth of Pelagianism presents a significant revision of our understanding of Pelagius and of the formation of Christian doctrine."--Résumé de l'éditeur.

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