Marc Bergermann

Historia Pelagiana

Wahrnehmung und Darstellung des pelagianischen Streites in der protestantischen Kirchenhistoriographie des 18. Jahrhunderts

[Historia Pelagiana. Perception and Depiction of the Pelagian Controversy in the Protestant Church Historiography of the 18th Century.]

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The Pelagian controversy of the 5th century changed the course of Christianity and established a pessimistic concept of man for centuries to come. Marc Bergermann shows that it was not until the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century that there was a remarkable transformation which caused the controversial positions and the persons involved to be reassessed.
The Pelagian controversy of the 5th century was a major turning point in the history of Christianity. In its wake, the British ascetic Pelagius and his optimistic anthropology were condemned as heretical, whereas his most prominent and eminent opponent Augustine of Hippo influenced Christian anthropology and ethics with his concept of original sin for centuries to come. This did not change until the radical transformations of Christianity during the Age of Enlightenment. It was German Protestant scholars of the 18th century in particular who shed light on the proceedings and the outcome of the Pelagian controversy and objected to the traditional assessment. In doing so, they altered the view on Pelagius, Augustine and their theology.

Marc Bergermann Geboren 1984; 2004–11 Studium der Ev. Theologie in Marburg, Bochum, Prag, Berlin; 2013–15 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Antikes Christentum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; 2015–19 Vikariat und Probedienst in Minden, Westfalen; 2019 Promotion; seit 2019 Pfarrer in Bückeburg, Niedersachsen.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 147 (2022), S. 329–331 (Ingo Klitzsch)
In: Informationsmittel f. Bibliotheken — (Till Kinzel)