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Pelagius Syllabification: Pe·la·gius
Pronunciation: /pəˈlāj(ē)əs/

Definition of Pelagius in English:

( Circa 360-circa 420), British or Irish monk. He denied the doctrines of original sin and predestination, defending innate human goodness and free will. His beliefs were condemned as heretical by the Synod of Carthage in about 418.



Pronunciation: /pəˈlājēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Wills helps readers to understand the Manichean, Donatist and Pelagian controversies that Augustine confronted, but he focuses on aspects of the conflicts that are of interest to the modern reader.
  • In the course of the Pelagian controversy, St. Augustine answered that Pelagius had turned the whole of Christian theology upside down.
  • Rejected in this connection are the Pelagians and others who deny that original sin is sin, for they hold that natural man is made righteous by his own powers, thus disparaging the sufferings and merit of Christ.


Pronunciation: /pəˈlāj(ē)əˌnizəm/
Example sentences
  • The current approach runs a danger of Pelagianism, ‘a wearisome emphasis on good deeds and moral effort… which is the antithesis of much that has proved most vital in the celebration of saints in the Christian past.’
  • There is a constant call for a ‘practical’ emphasis - which is fine - but without a theological base for practice, this emphasis easily degenerates into Pelagianism.
  • They are guilty of Pelagianism, intellectual pride, triumphalism, aversion to debate, and thinking they have all the answers.

Words that rhyme with Pelagius

callipygous • Vitellius

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