Second Council Of Orange Contra Pelagianism

CANON 1. If anyone denies that it is the whole man, that is, both body and soul, that was “changed for the worse” through the offense of Adam’s sin, but believes that the freedom of the soul remains unimpaired and that only the body is subject to corruption, he is deceived by the error of Pelagius and contradicts the scripture which says, “The soul that sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:20); and, “Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey?” (Rom. 6:16); and, “For whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved” (2 Pet. 2:19). Read More»
—Canons And Decrees Of The Second Council Of Orange, (AD 529)


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  1. Is there a decent hard copy of this and other early councils suitable for a theology library? It would be a fine thing to sit down with this stuff in the old easy chair.

    • Francis H Woods, ed.. Canons of the Second Council of Orange, A.D. 529: Text, with an Introduction, Translation and Notes. Oxford: J. Thornton, 1882.

      This volume or one like it might be available on Google books or

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