Theology & Philosophy

Free Will or Divine Predestination? Augustine and Pelagius on the Human Condition


This conference explored the debates between Pelagius and Augustine about human nature and free will. The dialogue of these thinkers about human freedom directly bears upon the question of individual liberty, and it has implications for individual responsibility, in that the limits of free will also form the limits of individual responsibility.


Conference Readings

Augustine. Augustine: Earlier Writings. Edited by J.H.S. Burleigh. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1953.

Augustine. Saint Augustine's Confessions. Edited by Henry Chadwick. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Augustine. The City of God. Translated by Marcus Dods. New York: Modern Library, 2000.

Pelagius. Pelagius's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans. Edited by Theodore de Bruyn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002.

Pelagius and B.R. Rees. Pelagius: Life and Letters. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1998.

St. Augustine. On Free Choice of the Will, Book I. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993.