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Pelagius (; c. 354–418) was a Romano-British theologian known for promoting a system of doctrines (termed Pelagianism by his opponents) which emphasized human choice in salvation and denied original sin. Pelagius was accused of heresy at the synod of Jerusalem in 415 and his doctrines were harshly criticized by Augustine of Hippo, especially the Pelagian views about humankind's good nature and individual responsibility for choosing ascetism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pelagius has received more than 695,124 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Pelagius is the 232nd most popular philosopher (down from 209th in 2019), the 372nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 312th in 2019) and the 15th most popular British Philosopher.

Pelagius was a monk who believed that humans could be saved without the help of God. He believed that humans had the power to save themselves and that humans were not inherently sinful.

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Among philosophers, Pelagius ranks 232 out of 1,081Before him are Milarepa, Bernard Bolzano, Bayazid Bastami, Imre Lakatos, Cratylus, and Gaston Bachelard. After him are Benjamin Constant, Michael Psellos, Al-Jahiz, Josef Breuer, Iamblichus, and Shen Kuo.

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Among people born in 360, Pelagius ranks 1After him are John Cassian, Martianus Capella, Sulpicius Severus, and Ninian. Among people deceased in 420, Pelagius ranks 3Before him are Jerome and Kālidāsa. After him are Orosius, Sulpicius Severus, Eunapius, Jeonji of Baekje, Porphyry of Gaza, Castinus, and Shapur IV.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Pelagius ranks 372 out of 7,765Before him are Kate Bush (1958), Marianne Faithfull (1946), Edward the Confessor (1003), Ralph Fiennes (1962), D. H. Lawrence (1885), and Harold Pinter (1930). After him are Sam Neill (1947), Anthony Burgess (1917), C. F. Powell (1903), Robert Walpole (1676), Charles Lyell (1797), and Angela Lansbury (1925).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Pelagius ranks 15Before him are Roger Bacon (1220), Joseph Priestley (1733), John Venn (1834), Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), and Alcuin (735). After him are Thomas Carlyle (1795), William Godwin (1756), G. E. Moore (1873), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), A. S. Neill (1883), and E. H. Carr (1892).