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Bibil Identifier bibil:245061
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Augustine’s changing Thought on Sinlessness
Author Squires, Stuart
Journal Augustinianum. Periodicum quadrimestre Collegi Internationalis Augustiniani (Volume: 54, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 447-466 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article explores Augustine’s response to the Pelagians who claimed that if one truly desired to be sinless, one could be. The standard scholarly view, as articulated by Gerald Bonner, was that Augustine’s thought during the Pelagian controversy did not change over time. However, Augustine’s thoughts on sinlessness changed over a very brief period of time. He initially admits the possibility that, through grace, some may not have sinned (in De peccatorum meritis et remissione et De baptismo parvulorum); he later retracts this view (in De perfectione iustitiae hominis), only to assert in De gestis Pelagii that he unsure. Finally, he returns to his original position (citing the canons of the Council of Carthage of 418, and arguing that all have sinned).
DOI 10.5840/agstm201454230
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Sin
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Augustine
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Salvation
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