See Article History Semi-Pelagianism, in 17th-century theological terminology, the doctrine of an anti-Augustinian movement that flourished from about to about in southern France.
Sproul, Arminianism, and Semi-Pelagianism R. Olson, PhD Many years ago, as I was emerging out of my fundamentalist-Pentecostal cocoon into the larger world of evangelicalism during seminary studies at an evangelical Baptist seminary I was helped by the writings and teaching of several leading Reformed evangelical theologians.
Not only did I read his books and articles in Eternity; I also studied under him at seminary. He took a sabbatical from his pulpit to teach homiletics at my seminary—something nobody at that seminary seems to remember!
But I still have the sermons I wrote for his class and his handwritten notes on them. Study of pelagianism gave them good marks. Another Reformed evangelical theologian who helped me was R.
Sproul who wrote many articles for Eternity a now defunct magazine I have discussed here before as especially helpful to me during my student years and the first publisher of my own writings—two book reviews written when I was still in seminary. Of course I knew Sproul was a Calvinist, but so were some of my close relatives.
Back then there was no hostility between evangelical Arminians and evangelical Calvinists. While in seminary I served on staff of Study of pelagianism independent Pentecostal-charismatic church that was thoroughly Arminian.
We worked in close cooperation with Reformed churches on evangelistic and other endeavors. The Second Council of Orange condemned it as such in Even then, of course, I wondered why a Catholic synod of bishops held so much weight for Protestants, but I agreed that semi-Pelagianism is biblically in error as well as seriously out of step with both Catholic and Protestant traditions even if many in both folds fall into it out of ignorance.
That was during seminary. I was serving as youth minister and director of Christian education at a Presbyterian church and teaching an adult Sunday School class.
Most of the people in the class had grown up Presbyterian. I chose to have them read and discuss Presbyterian theologian Shirley Guthrie Jr. There I ran into it—James Arminius used as the example of a semi-Pelagian view of election.
I knew he was wrong about that and told the class, but they were hardly interested as none of them believed in election anyway! It was so readable and full of good illustrations that I thought students would like it and I could correct his errors in my lectures—which I did.
But every semester I became more annoyed at his use of Arminius as the example of semi-Pelagianism that I considered using some other textbook. When I ran into Guthrie at a professional society meeting, I very respectfully confronted him about his error.
He said I should write to him about it and he would consider changing it as he worked on a revision that was already in progress.
I did that and the revision treated the subject somewhat better although not entirely to my satisfaction. Throughout the s I kept hearing rumblings about a new stirring of Calvinism among young evangelicals and I began to experience it among my students, many of whom were attending Bethlehem Baptist Church pastored by John Piper.
I received the first issue of Modern Reformation magazine in It was dedicated to criticizing Arminian theology and many of the authors identified it as semi-Pelagian.
I wrote a letter to the editor Michael Horton arguing that true Arminianism is not semi-Pelagianism and he published it with a lengthy response.
That began our now twenty-plus year conversation about this. Sometime late in the s I heard a taped talk by R.
I began to formulate a plan to write a book about true, classical Arminian theology. Several publishers expressed interest in it and I went with my friends at InterVarsity Press.
Myths and Realities has been well-received both here in the U. It is being translated into Portugese for the Brazilian evangelical audience this year. I continue to receive e-mails from around the world thanking me for writing it—some of them from Calvinists who admit that reading it convinced them that Arminianism is not what they had thought.
In I wrote to Sproul and gently corrected his identification of Arminianism with semi-Pelagianism. I offered to send him the book if he would read it.
I received his reply dated July 17, Since the Pelagianism controversy centered upon the two figures: Pelagius and Augustine of Hippo, this paper will be exposing the issues, arguments and influence of Pelagianism, as the most frequently-revisited “heresy” which continues to impact the new generation’s belief and also to acquaint Augustine’s character and role to it.
Semi-Pelagianism teaches that grace is necessary to achieve righteousness, but that this grace is not imparted to the sinner unilaterally or sovereignly as is maintained by Reformed theology. Rather, the semi-Pelagian argues that the individual makes the initial step of faith before that saving grace is given.
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I. ORIGIN OF PELAGIANISM 4 A. BRIEF BACKGROUND OF AUGUSTINE () 4 B. PELAGIUS 5 II. PELAGIAN CONTROVERSY 5 A. DOCTRINES OF PELAGIANISM 6 B. AUGUSTINE’S RESPONSE 8 III.
RESULT 10 CONCLUSION 10 BIBLIOGRAPHY 12 INTRODUCTION Tracing the history of Christianity, there have been immense intellectual wars engaged for the sake of truth. Entry for 'Pelagianism' - Heresies of the Church Thru the Ages - One of 28 Bible dictionaries freely available, this dictionary provide details of the various heresies that have plagued the Church since the first century.
Pelagianism: Pelagianism,, a 5th-century Christian heresy taught by Pelagius (q.v.) and his followers that stressed the essential goodness of human nature and the freedom of the human will. Pelagius was concerned about the slack moral standards among Christians, and he hoped to improve their conduct by his.