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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?

2. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?

3. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?

4. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?

5. How does Augustine describe humans?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a technique that Augustine uses to determine the meaning of a passage that cannot be discovered by simply reading the passage?

2. What does Augustine claim are the two types of signs and how are they defined?

3. What does Augustine recommend should be the lifestyle and focus of the Christian speaker?

4. What does Augustine claim an interpreter must consider regarding the author of Scripture to make a correct interpretation?

5. Why does Augustine suggest that Scripture reports the great sins of holy men?

6. What does Augustine identifies as three things that students need to use to develop responsible interpretations of Scripture?

7. What relationship does Augustine write humans should have with God? What does Augustine write must humans do before they can enter this relationship?

8. Why does Augustine believe that God will aid him in his teaching about learning and communicating Scripture?

9. What is a point that Augustine makes about the love of God that confronts his critics that claim "special gifts" needed to interpret scripture?

10. What are three things that Augustine writes that humans can do with one of the items of his focus in Book One?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Book Three, Augustine examines the natures of God, man, sin and lust. Give a review of what Augustine taught on these three areas, how they compare and contrast to modern perceptions on the same three areas, and whether you agree with Augustine's positions and why you do or do not. Cite recognizable examples from modern times and history to support your view.

Essay Topic 2

Augustine writes that God uses, rather than enjoys, humans and that the extent of His use of each human is based upon the depth of love those humans have for God. Detail how a student can translate their love of God to commitment to the study course that Augustine lays out. Explain how a student motivated by the love for God will respond to guidance from the sources for learning that Augustine recommends and how doing such can prepare a student to guide a community to seek proper and intelligent Scriptural interpretation.

Essay Topic 3

In Book Two, Augustine begins teaching on interpreting signs in Scripture. He warns against misapplying literal and figurative language to interpret signs. Read the creation account of Genesis 1. Compare the effects on theology by considering the chapter literally and figuratively. Explain how the literal or figurative interpretation of Genesis 1 affects the interpretation of miracles and events through the rest of the Bible including, but not limited to, the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

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