Sunday, July 18th, 2010...10:22 pm

A brief review of On Christian Doctrine by Augustine of Hippo

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I had to read this book for my Historical Theology class and present on Augustine as I did on Athanasius.  (The outline of that lecture can be found here.)  Augustine’s work provides a solid basis for “plundering the Egyptians” and appropriating the best of classical learning for the cause of the gospel, including an extended discussion of rhetoric.  Augustine ably defends the Christian appropriation of the useful techniques and elements of classical rhetoric.  In addition, Augustine discusses signs and symbols and lays out a hermeneutical framework for Biblical interpretation that was tremendously influential on Western Biblical interpretation.  Grade: A

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