Truer words have never been spoken:
Which of my shorter works has been more widely known or given greater pleasure than the [thirteen] books of my Confessions? And, although I published them long before the Pelagian heresy had even begun to be, it is plain that in them I said to my God, again and again, “Give what thou commandest and command what thou wilt.” When these words of mine were repeated in Pelagius’ presence at Rome by a certain brother of mine (an episcopal colleague), he could not bear them and contradicted him so excitedly that they nearly came to a quarrel. Now what, indeed, does God command, first and foremost, except that we believe in him? This faith, therefore, he himself gives; so that it is well said to him, “Give what thou commandest.” Moreover, in those same books, concerning my account of my conversion when God turned me to that faith which I was laying waste with a very wretched and wild verbal assault, do you not remember how the narration shows that I was given as a gift to the faithful and daily tears of my mother, who had been promised that I should not perish?
by Augustine: Confessions,
newly translated and edited by Outler, A. C.
Pelagian heresy has come in various myriad and forms… the most common are expressed as follows:
Pelagianism: The belief that original sin did not taint human nature (which, being created from God, was divine), and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without Divine aid.
Semi-Pelagianism: Derived from the earlier Pelagian teaching about salvation and teaches that it is necessary for humans to make the first step toward God and then God will complete salvation.
It was interesting to note that the Christian Church (before Roman Catholicism) through various councils considered these as heresy at their time. Of course not all of Augustine’s teaching was accepted too, but his doctrines of grace was, since it was proved to be biblical and God glorifying.
Found this interesting. Actually doing some reading for another set of questions, but nevertheless found that this was a relevant line of thought that forms the basis of many other doctrines.