On Grace & Predestination: The Letter of Lucidus

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Multiple synods were convened at Arles throughout the history of the Church. The Synod of 475 (some scholars date it to 480) is significant to contemporary dialog between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics on one side, and Protestant reformers and offshoots on the other. This Synod further clarified matters on grace and predestination in the wake of the Augustinian-Pelagian controversy. The letter of Lucidus is significant because the priest assents to the doctrines of the Council, attended by thirty Bishops, and this give us a sense of the spirit of the Church at that time. The relevant doctrines include limited atonement, total depravity, double (positive) predestination, and the proper balance of grace and works. Read More →