On Christian Doctrine, in Four Books

by St. Augustine


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In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine helps readers discover, teach, and defend the truths of Scripture. According to St. Augustine, in order for Christians to fully understand Scripture, it should be interpreted with faith, hope, and love. St. Augustine helps readers recognize and interpret figurative expressions and ambiguous language. St. Augustine suggests that readers consult original translations and commit difficult terms to memory. He also suggests we familiarize ourselves with the meaning of frequently used symbols, such as "shepherd" and "sheep." For those who teach the Scripture to others, St. Augustine says we must teach in honesty--not for self-seeking purposes. This text offers an impressive wealth of practical wisdom for reading the Bible. It is evident that St. Augustine earnestly wanted his readers to understand God's Word.

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St. Augustine
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Born: November 13, 354, Tagaste, Algeria
Died: August 28, 430, Hippo Regius, Numidia
Related topics: Africa--Hippo (Extinct city), Africa--Hippo (Extinct city), Apologetics, Augustine,--Saint, Bishop of Hippo, Biography
Basic information: Augustine of Hippo (Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis; November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), also known as Augustine, St. Augustine, St. Austin, St. Augoustinos, Blessed Augustine, or St. Augustine the Blessed, was Bishop of Hippo Regius. He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. According to his contemporary, Jerome, Augustine "established anew the ancient Faith.
Popular works: Confessions of Saint Augustine, Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler, Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love, On Christian Doctrine, in Four Books, City of God

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