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Pelagius

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The Northumbria Community celebrates Pelagius tomorrow rather than his adversary St. Augustine. Augustine was the champion of original sin, the doctrine that we inherit sin along with our conception, thus making sex a polluting activity! Original sin has come to us from Adam’s fall through Eve. Pelagius has a more rounded view of humanity in that all creation is inherently good and God breathed. Pelagius held that we need God’s grace to inform and motivate us on the path of salvation. Conversely, Augustine further emphasized God’s grace, thus heightening the role of Jesus Christ in our salvation. However, Augustine also underplays our own role in working out salvation and fails to recognize our own inherently good nature.

The attraction of the Celtic monk Pelagius can be seen in his view of creation, “There is no creature on Earth in whom God is absent… When God pronounced that his creation was good, it was not only that his hand had fashioned every creature: it was that his breath had brought every creature to life”, and “narrow shafts of divine light pierce the veil that separates heaven from earth”.

The western church, under Augustine’s influence condemned him. Without the insights of Pelagius many Christian traditions still deny the goodness of creation, the place of women and the giftedness of sex.