Augustine Responding to Pelagius Responding to Augustine

Posted: October 4, 2012 in augustine

It’s fun to read Augustine’s reaction to Pelagius’s reaction to Augustine…

Which of my smaller works has been able to be more generally and more agreeably known than the books of my Confessions? And although I published them before the Pelagian heresy had come into existence, certainly in them I said to my God, and said it frequently, “Give what Thou commandest, and command what Thou willest.” Which words of mine, Pelagius at Rome, when they were mentioned in his presence by a certain brother and fellow-bishop of mine, could not bear; and contradicting somewhat too excitedly, nearly came to a quarrel with him who had mentioned them.

– Augustine, On the Gift of Perseverance, 20.53

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