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• Augustine predicts criticism from three sources: those who cannot comprehend, those who refuse or are unable to apply it, and those who believe it is not needed.

• Augustine devotes the rest of the Preface to refuting those who believe his teaching is not needed.

• Augustine supports his arguments with evidence from Scripture where humans taught humans.

• According to Augustine, those who believe his teaching is not needed do not believe rules are needed to interpret Scripture, but claim God communicates through "special gifts."

• Augustine points out Scripture teaches God uses angels to teach and guide men through human communities.

• Communities are the source of Christian love, according to Augustine.

• Augustine asks, "If Bible can be understood through divine gift, why do they teach?"

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• "On Christian Doctrine" by Augustine, first teaches what should be learned from Scripture, then teaches how to convey what has been learned...

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