Definition of semi-Pelagian in English:



Christian Theology
  • Denoting the doctrine that the first steps towards good can be taken by the human will, though supervening divine grace is needed for salvation. It was (questionably) attributed to John Cassian (d.435), and was generally held to be heretical.

    See also Pelagius
    • ‘For example, there is widespread use in mission of semi-Pelagian methods of bringing people into the churches.’
    • ‘It means it doesn't matter whether the priest is in sin or not, a heretic or not, or semi-Pelagian, or whatever it is, it doesn't really matter so long as he's ordained, if he says the words, then the power is there, the grace flows.’
    • ‘We turn our attention first of all to the Semi-Pelagian controversy that occupied so much of the attention of the great church father, Augustine.’


Christian Theology
  • An adherent of the semi-Pelagian doctrine.

    • ‘Semi-Pelagians believe that the Fall in the Garden did affect all of Adam’s progeny, but not fully.’
    • ‘Although Augustine had outlined his basic position in the Pelagian controversy, the attacks of the so-called Semi-Pelagians forced him to define more sharply and defend more carefully his views.’