The Many or the One?

“The Pelagian man was essentially a separate individual: the man of Augustine is always about to be engulfed in vast, mysterious solidarities.” Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo, 365

2 Responses to The Many or the One?

  1. Rob Grano says:

    In her book “Divine Grace & Human Agency,” which is a study of the semi-Pelagian controversy, Rebecca Harden Weaver makes a case for the idea that Augustine basically saw God in Christ dealing with humanity en masse, while the so-called semi-Pelagians maintained that while Christ died for all as a “group,” they believed that God wasn’t in a box when dealing with man, but that he dealt with each individual personally; grace was given to them dependent on where they were as individuals. Hence, God met some people half-way, as it were, while others had to be run to where they were and rescued. What the semi-Pelagians wanted to maintain was what might be called God’s “personal touch.”

    I’m wondering how this insight might fit in to what you posted from Brown.

  2. The one with the many in the graced Church, the Body of Christ.

    Maybe this site applies,

    ” – in its social dimension – its ideal is not individual happiness and well being, but the “equal distribution of misery” and solidarity.

    Someone may think (and this is something, I very frequently witness in Western Europe) that this social model is related to the Marxist one. Absolutely not! Marxism, just like the other social systems, focuses on internal structures and relations. Orthodoxy begins from the inner depths of man, to restore the image of God inside the man, in order to enable the human society reflect the Trinity way of existence. Thus the individual is never sacrificed by Christ for the common interest and the common interest becomes the individual person’s interest.”

    http://www.romanity.org/mir/me03en.htm

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