Our Brother Pelagius

“Pelagius, although little is known of him only, he is thought to have come from Britain and personally played an important role in shaping the early character of the Celtic Christianity. Although a priest, Pelagius was a Celtic monk and a highly respected spiritual leader for both laymen and clergy. What is recorded of his behavior denotes his Celtic heritage. He firmly believed in the individual-his free will and his ability to better himself as a spiritual being.”

“The view of Pelagius and his followers firmly held to the Stoic doctrine of the free will of man and the innate goodness of nature, which they claimed, was not corrupted but only modified by sin. Such a stand put them in direct opposition to their great antagonist Augustine. However, their view served for the basis of Pelagianism.”

“… Pelagius is remembered for trying to free mankind from the guilt of Adam. He and his followers remind us once again that in the early history of the Church there were dissenters. The great German theologian Karl Barth a few years ago described British Christianity as ‘incurably Pelagian.’ The rugged individualism of the Celtic monk, his conviction that each person is free to choose between good and evil and his insistence that faith must be practical as well as spiritual remain hallmarks of Christians in Britain. And the British imagination has remained rooted in nature, witnessed by the pastoral poetry and landscape painting in which Britain excels, indeed that peculiar British obsession with gardening is Celtic in origin. Visitors to the British Isles are often shocked at how few people attend church each Sunday. Yet to the Britons, church-goers as well as absentees, the primary test of faith is not religious observance, but daily behavior towards our neighbors—and towards one’s pets, livestock and plants.”

~from www.themystica.com

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