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. Why does Augustine claim that Christian students fall into the trap that prevents them from separating themselves from pagans?

2. From what type of education does Augustine develop his curriculum of Scriptural learning?

3. Why does Augustine claim that words as signs are difficult to understand?

4. How does Augustine state a student should consider an evil command given to its intended target?

5. What does Augustine call signs that are only used to express and transmit thoughts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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