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 a wealth of practical wisdom for reading the Bible. It is evident that St. Augustine earnestly wanted his readers to understand God’s Word.
While this book was not as I expected it to be, it was an insightful read. I, personally, expected more an in-depth understanding of the doctrine taught by the church. But I took away from this more it to be a guide, rather than an explanation. But, perhaps, that which I seek to understand may be in another of St. Augustine’s writings.