Answer to the Pelagians III

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Answer to the Pelagians III

Library Edition
translated by
Roland J. Teske, SJ
introduction by
Roland J. Teske, SJ
edited by
John E. Rotelle, OSA
    About the book

    Augustine was writing the Unfinished Work in Answer to Julian, published in this volume, when he died in August 430. The Unfinished Work is a rebuttal of Julian of Eclanum’s To Florus, an eight-book text in defense of Pelagianism, which had by then been officially condemned by the Church. Augustine and Julian had previously written responses to excerpts of one another’s work, though not in direct correspondence. In Unfinished Work, however, Augustine writes as though speaking to Julian directly, making for an engaging and clear read.  He quotes each point of To Florus to which he responds, so the reader gains a comprehensive picture of his opponent’s views. Once again, Augustine defends grace as a gift from God and Jesus as the savior of all humanity. 

    About the author

    Augustine of Hippo is one of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Western world. After becoming a Christian he was made bishop of Hippo in Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His more than 100 books, 200 letters, and 500 sermons have left a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. His classic and best-selling works include The Confessions, The Trinity, The City of God, and Teaching Christianity.