Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 310: De nuptiis et concupiscentia II; Contra duas epistolas Pelagianorum
De nuptiis et concupiscentia II;1 Contra duas epistolas Pelagianorum
Julian wrote four books in response to De nuptiis et concupiscentia I and still did not comment on the fourth part.2 He was content to combat what in his eyes was the weakest part of Augustine’s work, as if no one would read both works. In his opinion he had sufficiently averted the reproach of not commenting on the fourth part when he wrote in his preface he had not seen in Augustine’s writing any proof for his position.3
Julian abandoned the truth and resorted to insults.4 He treats Augustine and Catholics as Manicheans.5 He refers to Augustine as “that African preacher.”6 Julian abused those who had left the Pelagian cause to return to the Church.7 Augustine apparently knew of a few living in chastity—he knows of no others.8 Julian holds Count Valerius in high regard.
Julian glories in maintaining the truth abandoned by others.9 In this position he wrongs Pelagius and Caelestus.10 He wished to appear as a David maintaining glory in his own person.11 He had as it were dueled with Augustine.12 He explained uselessly and falsely Paul’s words: “Who will deliver me from this body of death” (Rm 7:24).13 He cites passages from Basil and ← 289 | 290 → Chrysostom as claiming to favor his heresy.14 Julian promised another work to respond to Catholic arguments proving original sin.15 He addressed his books to Turbantius, a...