• WordNet 3.6
    • n Pelagianism the theological doctrine put forward by Pelagius which denied original sin and affirmed the ability of humans to be righteous; condemned as heresy by the Council of Ephesus in 431
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pelagianism The doctrines of Pelagius.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Pelagianism The doctrines of Pelagius, a British monk (flourished about a. d. 400), and his followers. They held that there was no original sin through Adam, and consequently no hereditary guilt, that every soul is created by God sinless, that the will is absolutely free, and that the grace of God is universal, but is not indispensable; and they rejected infant baptism. Pelagius, however, held to the belief in the Trinity and in the personality of Christ. His views were developed by his pupil Cœlestius, but were anathematized by Pope Zosimus a. d. 418. Pelagianism was the principal anthropological heresy in the early church, and was strongly combated by Pelagius's contemporary Augustine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pelagianism the doctrines of Pelagius
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pélagianisme,


In literature:

Well, God be thanked, as I was sayin', I'm no Pelagian yet.
"Verses 1889-1896" by Rudyard Kipling
A consequence of great importance issued from the decision of the Pelagian controversy.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
You face the insinuations of the Pelagians and the semi-Pelagians.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The danger from the Pelagians was not from their organization as a sect, but their opinions as individual men.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
Augustine directed his attention more particularly to the refutation of Pelagian heresies and human Depravity.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
Those Pelagians, Manichees, &c., their names alone would make a just volume.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
These remarks I give as written in my journal, with the sole exception of the term Pelagian Negroes.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
Well, God be thanked, as I was sayin', I'm no Pelagian yet.
"The Seven Seas" by Rudyard Kipling
Augustine, had he not been driven to contend with the Pelagians, would have understood it as little.
"The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained" by Martin Luther
The bishops set the Pelagians to begin, and a weary business the Pelagians made of it.
"The Christian Church in These Islands before the Coming of Augustine" by George Forrest Browne