"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32



Palegianism is a heresy that denies the doctrine of the original sin (original sin not referring to Adam's first sin but the results of that sin.). Palegius AD 354 – AD 420/440 taught that Adam's sin only affected himself and was never imputed to the rest of humanity, this teaching however goes further by affirming that man is not morally corrupt and still have a free will that is unaffected by the fall. Palegius taught that man sin by choice as he is capable of choosing rather to do good or evil.

Since man is not morally corrupt and having a will that is able to function independently and not being under any bondage according to palegianism, man has therefore the power to be saved outside of the grace of God, this means that he is free to accept or reject the grace of God though His will. In this view God has no sovereign power of man and whatever man does is through his free will.To Palegius moral perfection is possible because he is born morally pure and is only polluted though the choices he makes

Saint Augustine of Hippo went into a theological battle with pallegius refuting this heresy and exchanged letters for some years but Palegius held to his views and continued to deny the doctrine of original sin. This heresy was condemned in 418 at the Council of Carthage.

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