On Christian Doctrine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?

2. What Scriptural defense does Augustine use for encouraging critics to consider the validity of "On Christian Doctrine"?

3. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?

4. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?

5. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine identify as the purpose of giving a sermon?

2. What doctrine do Augustine's critics apply to interpreting Scripture?

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

4. What are the tasks of the orator according to Cicero?

5. To what sect of Christianity did Tyconius belong and and why is it ironic that Augustine references his rules of interpretation?

6. What is the illustration Augustine uses to show the difference between things "enjoyed" and things "used"?

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

8. What self-knowledge does Augustine write that students need and what steps does Augustine suggest for them to overcome the limits of that self-knowledge to learn to interpret Scripture?

9. What are the criticisms that Augustine predicts he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Preface, Augustine explains that refusing to learn from trained and experienced human teachers eliminates an aspiring student from benefiting from communities built upon the principles of Christian love. Identify the principles of the Christian love that Augustine promotes and explain the role that the student is to take in relationship of the community and experienced and trained teachers of Scripture.

Essay Topic 2

Augustine requires his students to learn history and ancient languages in order to properly interpret Scripture. Identify and detail three reasons he makes this requirement and explain how his expectations could serve a student looking into other areas of study. Plan an order for learning the skills that Augustine recommends for responsible Scriptural interpretation and explain why you would follow the courses in that order.

Essay Topic 3

Augustine requires his students to be motivated by the Christian commands to love God and to love their neighbors. Explain which is easier to show, love of God or love of neighbors. Identify how each is demonstrated and how love of one can contribute to showing love for the other.

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