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7_Augustine_Part 2 - Augustine Part 2 Pelagian Controversy...

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Augustine – Part 2
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Pelagian Controversy Central Issues: How is God’s activity and the human will related? What is characteristic of the human condition? Optimistic vs Pessimistic
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Pelagius Free Will Given by God in creation God created humans with the possibility/capacity of choosing either good or evil. But humans have within their own power to choose or will either good or evil. Each soul created immediately by God, so each person starts where Adam started. Salvation Through education by learning and thus obeying God’s commandments and Jesus’ teaching. Jesus death provides forgiveness for sins committed against God’s commands. Grace The freedom and power to choose God’s will is inherent in creation not redemption. To live a life of perfection is possible apart from Jesus’ redeeming work. The revelation of the divine will showing the blessed way of life. The provision of forgiveness for passed sins.
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Augustine’s Response Human will before the Fall Posse non pecarre – able not to sin Makes a distinction between the capacity to will good or evil and the power to will or the willing of what is good or evil. The power to will the good comes from
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