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. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?

2. What was the first type of criticism Augustine suggests his work "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

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

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

5. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Augustine begin his differentiation of the items that students must learn in the fashion which he does?

2. Why does Augustine claim the topic of Book Three is so difficult?

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

4. What is Augustine's focus in Book One?

5. What three virtues do students need to teach Scripture?

6. What categories does Augustine use to define spheres of natural knowledge?

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

8. What subjects does Augustine recommend that students lea to interpret scripture?

9. Augustine refutes his critics from the Preface with a common example. What was that example and how does Augustine use it to support his position?

10. What does Augustine recommend to the pastor who cannot acquire the skill of rhetoric?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book Two, Augustine identified challenges of translating the original languages of Scripture into the Roman-Latin language of his day. Explain the difficulty with translating older English versions of the Bible, such as the King James version, into the type of terms and phrases that students use today. How can translating the Bible from old English style to modern jargon be done while preserving the integrity of Scripture?

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

Book Three begins with an examination of how faith, punctuation, and pronunciation can contribute to clearing up ambiguities of Scriptural passages. Detail what steps a student would have to take to develop each of those abilities and compare the Scriptural interpreter who has developed them to one who claims "special gifts" as their source for interpretation and teaching.

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