Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 246: Orosius, Priscillianism, and Origenism
Orosius, Priscillianism, and Origenism
As Augustine affirms, it was solely from a desire to seek instruction in Scripture and the Church that Orosius left Spain.2 No doubt this desire was the real cause of his decision to take so long a trip to Africa. However Orosius was apparently forced to follow through with his plan earlier than expected out of angst over the barbarians. He was, so to speak, driven from his country out of fear of encountering a tragic accident.3 He barely succeeded in avoiding the barbarian snares. Even when already at sea, they were still pursuing him. Barbarians were chasing him and almost succeeded in capturing him. A cloud surrounded him, spirited him from their sight, and thus saved his life. The hazards were so great an immense inner strength would have been necessary to bear them without sorrow.
According to his own words he had no intention, necessity, or plan to come to Africa immediately.4 He did not even realize he was headed in that direction until he was brought to the shores of Africa. When he considered how he had reached there, he realized why he had come. Considering the events, (like Peter)5 he saw God had sent him to Augustine to find in him the remedy for the ills of Spain. Evidently the haste in which he had to embark forced him take any boat leaving the port no matter the destination. God was guiding him...