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Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian$
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A. M. C. Casiday

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297184.001.0001

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Cassianus contra Pelagianos *

Cassianus contra Pelagianos *

(p.72) 2 Cassianus contra Pelagianos*
Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian

A. M. C. Casiday

Oxford University Press

The chapter focuses on the claim that Cassian objected to Pelagianism on the basis of serious principles and explores his case against Pelagianism in detail. It is argued that to understand how Cassian differed from Pelagius et al., attention must be shifted away from the concept of grace and on to the concept of will. By attending to the way Cassian presents his monastic teachings as aimed at rehabilitating the will, the coherence of his theological objections to Pelagius' teaching can be appreciated. In other words, how the specifically monastic aspects of Cassian's thinking are directly relevant to his dogmatic position with regard to human salvation and the divine economy will become evident.

Keywords:   Pelagianism, Pelagius, grace, will, monastic teachings

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