Theodore De Bruyn's Translation Of Pelagius

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For Pelagius it is “through absolute obedience a person could have absolute certainty”. This certainty was critical for people as everything else was falling apart around them with the barbarian invasions. It goes further than that “obedience is a constitutive element in religion and human power as commensurate with obligations”. It is through obedience that humans have power in religion. He believes that for humanity to show love back to God is to live like Christ because humans have our free will. Obedience is required to live like Christ. Theodore De Bruyn, who’s translation of Pelagius’ Commentary I am using, understood Pelagius as saying “the chief motivation to which he appeals, and by which he measures the effort to refrain
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