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.
CCEL Staff Writer