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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. How does Augustine describe humans?
3. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?
4. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
5. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Augustine, how are words as signs difficult to understand?
2. What is the source if an individual knows more than they actually know and how does that impact Augustine's effort?
3. What is Augustine's focus in Book One?
4. What does Augustine recommend should be the lifestyle and focus of the Christian speaker?
5. What is Augustine's focus in Book Two?
6. 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?
7. What three virtues do students need to teach Scripture?
8. What is Augustine's view of "special gifts"?
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 claim is one of the causes of a sign's ambiguity?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Augustine warns that coveting negates Christian love. Explain coveting as a motivation and identify how covetousness will motivate someone to take actions that appear to be similar to Christian love. Conclude your explanation with the consequences of a covetous individual misusing the acts of Christian love to the person he/she uses them upon, the person who commits those false acts, and to the image of Christian love.
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