On Christian Doctrine Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?

2. In Book Three, Augustine argues that since holy men from scripture receive evil language from God because of their condition, how should the passages with such language be read?

3. What does Augustine reason, from the scriptural reference regarding the hazard of learning, that a student must be sure to develop.

4. What are the two general confusions that Augustine says come from Christians who do not differentiate themselves from pagans?

5. What are the two different ways that God and angels speak in Scripture, as identified in Book Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book Two, Augustine identifies seven virtues that lead to the development of wisdom. Analyze how the seven virtues contribute to the strengthening of each other and how they build toward gaining what Augustine defines as wisdom.

Essay Topic 2

Augustine demands his students to pursue moral purification. As modern students, you are required to adhere to institutional rules at home, school and jobs. Compare obedience to rules to the standards Augustine sets for moral purification. How does obedience to rules help to bring one to seek moral purification? Can moral purification contribute to someone being more obedient to institutional rules? How? Can moral purification lead someone to be defiant of institutional rules? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Motivations play an important role in Augustine's requirements for Scriptural interpreters. Identify a scandal involving a modern-day Christian leader and detail how the actions that led to the scandal prove misguided motivations that violated the principles of Christian love as defined by Augustine.

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