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

2. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be used?

3. What does Augustine consider to be the ultimate thing to be enjoyed?

4. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?

5. How are things separated by Augustine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine identify as the two types of passages interpreted from Scripture?

2. According to Augustine, for whom are written commands in Scripture intended?

3. How many types of criticism does Augustine predict he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

4. What is the source if an individual knows more than they actually know and how does that impact Augustine's effort?

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

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

7. What term does Augustine apply to the subjects he recommends for study to learn Scriptural interpretation and why does he use this term?

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

9. What question does Augustine raise to those who believe that Scriptural interpretation can only be learned from "special gifts"?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Augustine begins training his students to interpret scripture with an examination of "things." He differentiates "things" that are to be used from things that are to be enjoyed. Use an example that Augustine used in "On Christian Doctrine" to make a Venn diagram comparing things that are used with things enjoyed. Write an essay on your diagram and identify the standard that Augustine uses to determine how things are to be used and enjoyed properly. Conclude the essay with the steps you would have to take to use and enjoy things based on Augustine's standards.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Augustine wrote after the reign of Constantine who made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. How do you think the role of Christianity in the administration of the Roman Empire affected theological rivalries among Christian leaders? Is it possible that Augustine was motivated by such rivalries to write "On Christian Doctrine"? Why or why not? If a rivalry similar to that between Augustine and the Donatists (those who believed interpretation came from "special gifts") was active today, which side do you believe modern political, religious, and secular leaders would choose and why?

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