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Semi-pelagianism

The designation since the seventeenth century of a largely monastic reaction against Augustine's* developed anti-Pelagianism, better called “Semi- Augustinianism.” In 426/7 monks at Hadrumetum in Byzacena (Susa in Tunisia) were alarmed that Augustine's Ep. 194 on predestination apparently undermined free will and hence monastic and missionary endeavor. After disappointing inquiries, a deputation visited Augustine, who produced Grace and Free Will and, when this seemed to invalidate moral correction, Rebuke and Grace (427). To Vitalis,* a Carthaginian monk who c.427 affirmed that the unaided will performed the initial act of faith, Augustine's Ep. 217 stressed the necessary preparation of the will by prevenient grace.