Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 214: Pelagius (3)
According to Gennadius Pelagius had already written several works before he was recognized as a heretic.1 He had written De trinitate in three books, in which he instructed believers on the teaching of the Church concerning the trinity. He wrote another work, Liber Eulogiarum, to regulate conduct and mores of the Christian life. There he alleged various scriptural passages in support of his arguments. Both works are divided into chapters under various titles as Cyprian had done in his work to Quirinius.2 In effect Pelagius bragged he was imitating and finishing the work of Cyprian whom he esteemed as a martyr.3
He dedicated Liber Eulogiarum to Romanus. Whether this person is Romanus, the disciple of Paulinus, mentioned by Paulinus in Letter 30 and Augustine in Letter 31, is unknown. Pelagius wrote this book (and others) in Latin.4 Augustine does not call it Liber Eulogiarum, but rather Liber Capitularum,5 and elsewhere Liber Testimoniorum.6 Orosius assures us Pelagius entitled it Liber Eulogiarum.7 Jerome reports several titles.8
Beyond doubt Pelagius wrote Liber Eulogiarum before he was recognized as a heretic. Gennadius reports the work but he does not say it was written before Pelagius publicly fell into heresy.9 Objections concerning several passages were raised in the Council of Diospolis.10 Jerome agrees with Gennadius but reproaches Pelagius for claiming to complete Cyprian’s work. In fact his teaching was contrary to that of Cyprian, particularly in what he said in chapter 100:...