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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What basic fact do the critics discussed in the Preface ignore by discounting teaching from Augustine and others?
(a) Trial and error application often give non-Christians the opportunity to "mock God."
(b) Many writers have intensely studied Scriptures and have left their impressions for their use.
(c) The fact that they learned important tools, such as the alphabet, from other humans.
(d) The works of writers closer to the time of the authors of Scripture are frequently incomplete, disjointed, and often unverifiable.

2. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?
(a) The two commandments of Christianity to love God and to love one's neighbor.
(b) God's omnipotence establishes His authority over creation and judgment.
(c) Because Scriptural infallibility affirms God's role in miracles and prophesy.
(d) The Christian conception of Christ's deity explains His resurrection and authority over forgiveness.

3. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?
(a) The student does not learn from the experience of a learned devotee of Scripture.
(b) The student does not benefit from an environment that has been modeled by Scriptural standards.
(c) The student loses the opportunity to participate in mutual love.
(d) The student does not receive access to the types of references that make learning complete.

4. According to Augustine, how should a student be affected as he/she becomes proficient in interpreting Scripture?
(a) He/she will help to apply the principles of community.
(b) He/she will increase the love that one feels.
(c) He/she will help in developing an understanding of God's motivations.
(d) He/she will help develop a student's teaching skill.

5. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
(a) It will inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(b) It will result in loss of special gifts.
(c) It leads to destruction.
(d) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.

6. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?
(a) Signs, things, and enjoyment.
(b) The promise of His return, His illuminated truths, and signs.
(c) His illuminated truths, special gifts, and signs.
(d) His death, resurrection, and promise of return.

7. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?
(a) The Christian conception of love.
(b) The doctrine of God's omnipotence.
(c) The Christian conception of Christ's deity.
(d) The doctrine of Scriptural infallibility.

8. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?
(a) Human teachers in human communities.
(b) Angels guiding human teachers in spiritual communities.
(c) Christ dispensing special gifts without communities.
(d) God directing the student to understand His role in Scripture.

9. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?
(a) Devoting regular time in prayer to become sensitive to Divine guidance.
(b) Isolating from temptations.
(c) Paying careful attention to rules for Scriptural learning.
(d) Regular participation in church activities.

10. What is the doctrine that Augustine claims critics of human teaching defend?
(a) That God will communicate through tongues.
(b) That God will communicate through signs and symbols.
(c) That God will communicate the meaning of Scripture through "special gifts."
(d) That God will communicate through the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit.

11. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?
(a) Illuminated minds.
(b) All minds.
(c) All minds joined in community.
(d) Minds God endowed with special gifts.

12. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who face punishment if they try to apply it.
(b) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.
(c) Criticism from those who claim too many Christians could not access proper training.
(d) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.

13. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?
(a) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(b) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."
(c) A Rabbi can distract a Christian from the "Final Propitiation."
(d) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.

14. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?
(a) Using the"still quiet moments" to deliver His illumination.
(b) Using nature to deliver His illumination.
(c) Using humans to deliver His illumination.
(d) Using adversity to deliver His illumination.

15. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) God will assure that the Church will become the primary social force in the world.
(b) Christians will gather around a uniform doctrine.
(c) The work will face three kinds of criticism.
(d) Christians will transform society through piety and rhetorical skill.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?

2. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?

3. How does Augustine describe humans?

4. How does Augustine characterize the argument that his teaching is not needed because it comes from a human source?

5. According to Augustine, what are competing influences on an individual's thinking?

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