Do You Know, Your Heretics?
In the 5th century I entered into a debate that centered on the relationship between human nature after the fall and the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believed that people could reform their own behavior and live lives as morally good citizens.
I also rejected the doctrine of original sin, substitutionary atonement, and justification by faith. I heavily emphasized unconditional free will and the ability to better oneself spiritually without grace.
I taught that human beings are born with a clean slate and only through voluntary sin do they become wicked. You could live perfect and sinless life and even merit heaven if you wanted to.
Even though I was rejected and my "error" was deemed heretical in 416 by the Council of Carthage you can still find most of my heretical teachings widely accepted and taught in fundamental/evangelical churches today.
Who am I?
Do you know your heretics?
It' is time to play - name that heretic!