| You scored as Chalcedon compliant. You are Chalcedon compliant. Congratulations, you’re not a heretic. You believe that Jesus is truly God and truly man and like us in every respect, apart from sin. Officially approved in 451.
Sorry, Jim. After you take the quiz, read below for my take on why some Orthodox Christians might score as Pelagians.
To be fair, though, Eastern Orthodox Christians can tend to look like Pelagians to Western orthodox Christians, unless they are very careful when they talk about grace, original sin, and righteousness. Why? Because Pelagius is a Western problem; the East never really even hears about him until the controversy is settled in favor of — wait for it — Saint Augustine! We have reservations about blessed Augustine already — mostly because of how his thought develops in later Western history without the Eastern bishops to correct some deficiencies — but we only know Pelagius through the lens of Augustine.
Don’t misunderstand: The basic problems with Pelagianism we affirm as problematic: no original sin, man is capable of righteousness without grace before the fall, man can raise himself up to God by works. The problem for the East, though, is in the nuance. In the West, since the controversy was settled in favor of Augustine, a host of problems begins because Augustinianism overcorrects for these deficiencies.
In the East, the controversy never took place, so our understanding falls somewhere between the two. Thus, to Western Christians, schooled in Augustine’s response to Pelagius, we look pseudo-Pelagian or even Pelagian, depending on how thoroughly Augustinian our interlocutors are. Catholics have very little problem except in how it’s nuanced; Reformed Christians (like R. C. Sproul) think we’re all out Pelagians and not really even saved.
So, Jim, don’t feel bad. You’re just reflecting an ages-old difference in nuance. However, here are some things you might look at differently if you were to take the quiz again:
As far as the percentages on the other heresies, I have no clue. Nestorianism may come into play because of the strong emphasis on the distinction between divine and human in Chalcedon, but I’m not sure.
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