St. Augustine And FREE WILL
St. Augustine and Original Sin • St. Augustine articulated the doctrine of “original sin.” • The sin of Adam is inherited by all human beings. • Human beings have no choice but are sinful by way of human nature.
Pelagianism • It is the belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without special Divine aid.
Pelagius vs Augustine • Pelagius argued that Augustine's doctrine that humans went to hell for doing what they could not avoid (sin) was tantamount to the Manichean belief in fatalism and predestination, and took away all of mankind's free will.
Free Will or Predestination? • While God knows who will be saved and who will not, with no possibility that one destined to be lost will be saved, this knowledge represents God's perfect knowledge of how humans will freely choose their destinies.