I can't quite wrap my head around the difference between the two. Can someone provide a distinction between Arminianism and Pelagianism in layman's language? I recognize that their namesakes were separated by roughly 1000 years, and that Arminianism doesn't seem to go as far towards works righteousness as Palagianism. After that it gets fuzy. Moderators: Not sure if this should go into Church History rather than Theology.