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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

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 2

Augustine devotes the preface to answering criticism he expects to receive from a sect known as the Donatists. Compare Augustine's position to what you know of the Donatists from the preface (those who believe that "special gifts" were necessary to interpret Scripture). What are the benefits of the two beliefs? What are the disadvantages of each? Which system of interpretation do you consider more beneficial to the general public and particularly to the growth and development of the Christian Church. Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Augustine's writings on Christian conduct and practices are still influential today. Identify three principles he articulates in "On Christian Doctrine" that you consider important in Christian practices today. Write why you consider them important, what sort of affect the application of these principles have on Christianity and general society, and how you plan to implement these principles in your life.

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