On Christian Doctrine - Book Four Summary & Analysis

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Book Four changes subjects. Now that Augustine has discussed how to understand and interpret Scripture, he moves to discuss how to present Scriptural interpretation to others. However, he wants to resist teaching his readers rhetoric. Of course, Christians must use rhetoric to defend the faith; rhetoric can be used for good or for ill, and if Christians do not use it they will be at a disadvantage. The best way to acquire rhetorical skill is by listening to eloquent Christians and learning to imitate them rather than studying rhetoric from books. But suppose a pastor cannot acquire the skill of eloquent speech and rhetoric. In this case, it is best for him to strictly adhere to the words of the Scripture.

The Scriptures themselves have a certain kind of eloquence, and Augustine cites several passages as evidence. But Scripture must not be quoted...

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