The Christian life, for Augustine, is a lifelong process of the recovery of freedom and of healing and transformation of the will that is initiated by grace, sustained by grace, and brought to completion by grace. Against the Manichaeans, he had argued that human beings are responsible for their actions and have free will. Against the Pelagians, he argues that grace is necessary if that free will is ever to become fully free. (When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by Marcellino D’Ambrosio)

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