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Defense of St. Augustine

   
Prosper of Aquitaine
Translated and Annotated by P. de Letter, S.J., Ph.D., S.T.D.

No. 32 of Ancient Christian Writers: The Works of the Fathers in Translation

“St. Prosper of Aquitaine, the author of the De vocatione omnium gentium, was the chief opponent of the anti-Augustinian reaction known in history as Semi-Pelagianism. Arising in the south of Gaul during Augustine’s last years, the Semi-Pelagian opposition continued unabated till the death of its main representative, Abbot Cassian, in 436, when it subsided for a time, to flare up again twenty-five years later. It is in the first phase of these controversies that Prosper was the acknowledged leader of the Augustinians. Of his life little is known besides what appears from his own works. Born in Aquitaine, he lived at Marseilles when the controversies broke out. He was a layman connected with the monasteries of Marseilles. After Cassian’s death, he left Gaul for Rome, where he seems to have been a secretary at the papal court under St. Leo I. He lived there till after 455. The year of his death is not known. Prosper was both a theologian, who wrote in prose and verse, and a historian, author of a Chronicon. In the present volume we collect his theological works in prose which constitute his defense of Augustine against the Semi-Pelagians.”
—“INTRODUCTION”

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
   PROSPER’S CAMPAIGN FOR AUGUSTINE
   THE DOCTRINAL ISSUES
TEXT
   LETTER TO RUFINUS
   LETTER TO AUGUSTINE
   ANSWERS TO THE EXTRACTS OF THE GENOESE
   ON GRACE AND FREE WILL, AGAINST CASSIAN THE LECTURER
   ANSWERS TO THE OBJECTIONS OF THE GAULS
   ANSWERS TO THE VINCENTIAN ARTICLES
   OFFICIAL PRONOUNCEMENTS OF THE APOSTOLIC SEE ON DIVINE GRACE AND FREE WILL
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
NOTES
   TO THE INTRODUCTION
   TO THE TEXT
      Letter to Rufinus
      Letter to Augustine
      Answers to the Extracts of the Genoese
      On Grace and Free Will, against Cassian the Lecturer
      Answers to the Objections of the Gauls
      Answers to the Vincentian Articles
      Official Pronouncements of the Apostolic See on Divine Grace and Free Will
INDEXES
   1. OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT
   2. AUTHORS
   3. GENERAL INDEX

Item Number: BKPP529C
Publication Data: New York, NY/Ramsey, NJ: Newman Press, 1963
Format: hardcover
Number of Pages: vi + 248
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.2 cm × 14.6 cm × 2.4 cm
ISBN: 0‒8091‒0263‒3

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