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. In taking the challenge that Augustine presents in Book Three, how should the Christian student differentiate himself from the pagan?

2. Based on the academic demands that Augustine places on his students, it is clear that Augustine believes what?

3. What are the primary possessions of the student of Scripture, according to Augustine in Book Two?

4. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?

5. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is the purpose of Scripture in reporting the condition that affects holy men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Book Two, Augustine identified challenges of translating the original languages of Scripture into the Roman-Latin language of his day. Explain the difficulty with translating older English versions of the Bible, such as the King James version, into the type of terms and phrases that students use today. How can translating the Bible from old English style to modern jargon be done while preserving the integrity of Scripture?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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