The Silver Thread: Augustine vs. Pelagius in Church History (eBook)

Edited by John Hendryx

Available in ePub and Kindle .mobi formats

According to Pelagius salvation comes about through choosing to become a Christ-follower, that is, by following Christ's moral example, rather than Adam's. A works-based merit-generating self-salvation project.  On the other hand, Augustine taught the biblical doctrine that salvation is a free gift of mercy to those sinners whom God joins to Christ, clothing them in his righteousness and making them alive by His grace.

B. B. Warfield said, "Augustine [was one of the early founders] of Roman Catholicism and the author of that doctrine of grace which it has been the constantly pursued effort of Roman Catholicism to neutralize, and which in very fact either must be neutralized by, or will neutralize, Roman Catholicism. Two children were struggling in the womb of his mind. There can be no doubt which was the child of his heart. His doctrine of the Church he had received whole from his predecessors, and he gave it merely the precision and vitality which insured its persistence. His doctrine of grace was all his own: it represented the very core of his being . . . it was inevitable, had time been allowed, that his inherited doctrine of the Church, too, with all its implications, would have gone down before it, and Augustine would have bequeathed to the Church, not "problems," but a thoroughly worked out system of evangelical religion. . . . The problem which Augustine bequeathed to the Church for solution, the Church required a thousand years to solve. But even so, it is Augustine who gave us the Reformation. For the Reformation, inwardly considered, was just the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace over Augustine's doctrine of the Church." (Warfield, Calvin and Augustine, 321-22)

Table of Contents

Preface
Augustine's Doctrine of the Bondage of the Will
Contrasting Augustine and the Council of Orange (529 AD) with The Council of Trent (1563)
A.A. Hodge - Pelagianism, Semi-Pelagianism & Augustinianism
B. B. Warfield - Augustine & the Pelagian Controversy
Arthur Custance - The Leven of Synergism

Historic Documents on Grace Alone
Augustine - A Treatise On Grace and Free Will
Augustine - A Treatise On Nature and Grace, Against Pelagius
Augustine - A Treatise On Rebuke and Grace
Augustine - A Treatise On the Grace of Christ and Original Sin
Augustine - A Treatise On the Predestination of the Saints
Augustine - A Treatise On the Gift of Perseverance - 428 or 429.
Augustine - A Work On the Proceedings of Pelagius - 417
Jerome - Against the Pelagians (Book 1)
Jerome - Against the Pelagians (Book 2)
Jerome - Against the Pelagians (Book 3)
Canons of the Council of Orange - 529
Luther -Key Quotes from On the Bondage of the Will - 1525
Calvin - The Necessity of Reforming the Church - 1543
Calvin - A Treatise of the Eternal Predestination of God - 1552
Calvin - The Fall and Revolt of Adam - Calvin - Inst 2.1 - 1559
Calvin - Man Has Now Been Deprived of Freedom of Choice -Inst 2.2 - 1559
Calvin - Only Damnable Things Come Forth from Man - Inst 2.3 - 1559
Calvin - How God Works in Men's Hearts - Inst 2.4 - 1559
Calvin - Refutation of the Objections in Defense of Free Will - Inst 2.5 - 1559
Calvin - Fallen Man Ought to Seek Redemption in Christ - Inst 2.6 - 1559

Confessions and Creeds Coming Out of the Reformation
The Belgic Confession of Faith - 1561
The Heidelberg Catechism - 1563
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
The Westminster Confession of Faith - 1647

Calvinist / Arminian Controversy
Five Arminians Articles of Remonstrance - Arminain 1610
Canons of Dort - 1618
Universal Atonement by John L. Girardeau
Arminian Theory of Redemption by R.L. Dabney
Of Free Will in the Fallen State by Christopher Ness
The Arminian Idol of Free Will by John Owen

Appendices
Quotes on Effectual Grace by St. Augustine
Controversy Between Whitefield and Wesley - 1740
Free Grace: A Sermon by John Wesley (Classic Arminian)
Augustine by Arthur C. Custance, Ph.D
From Augustine to the Reformation by Arthur C. Custance, Ph.D

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