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 Augustine state the student must do once the figurative and literal passages have been separated from each other?

2. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?

3. 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?

4. Augustine writes in Book Three that in order to make the type of evaluation of the command given to the intended target, what knowledge must a student of Scripture possess?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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