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.
This was an interesting read into the mind of one of the brilliant minds of the Christian beliefs. Hard to see the thoughts of people from the 4th & 5th centuries, versus present day. My, how the philosophies and morals of man have changed over time…and not for the better!
Godspeed & Good Reads!