Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Note 90: Felicianus
The Doctors of the Leuven have left among Augustine’s authentic works a dialogue with Felicianus.2 This work is cited under Augustine’s name by several authors from the ninth century and later. Bellarmine says Possidius includes this work in his catalogue.3 It may be in some editions, but it is not in the Leuven or the Benedictine editions. Erasmus was correct in saying it came from someone who had written it as an exercise rather than from Augustine himself. The work has neither Augustine’s air nor his style. In one place the author indicates an argument by which Manicheans are usually refuted. Augustine never uses this argument.
Another African bishop may have written this dialogue during the time of the Vandal occupation. In effect, Chifflet believes Vigilius, bishop of Tapse in Byzacena, wrote it at the end of the fifth century.4 Vigilius attributed his works to various ancient authors. Chifflet remarks this dialogue is connected in one manuscript with other works of Vigilius. It carries his name expressly in another, and the style compares perfectly with his. The Benedictines speak of this thesis as certain and proved by Chifflet.5 Du Pin follows them.6 ← 498 | 499 →