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Friday, January 07, 2005

Pelagius & Augustine

In "The Five Points of Calvinism", Steele traces the roots of Calvin and Arminius systems: Quoting Cunningham: "As there was nothing new in substance in the Calvinism of Calvin, so there was nothing new in the Arminianism of Arminius....The doctrines of Arminius can be traced back as far as the time of Clemons Alexandrinus, and seem to have been held by many of the fathers of the third and fourth centuries...." In the fifth century, Steele writes, the basic doctrines of Calvin were vigorously defended by Augustine against Pelagius. But which system is closer, historically, to the early church?

UPDATE: Reform position provided here.