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St. Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine. February 23, 2012. St. Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine. A key text that aims to fuse the practice of rhetoric with Christianity

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    1. St. Augustine’sOn Christian Doctrine February 23, 2012

    2. St. Augustine’sOn Christian Doctrine • A key text that aims to fuse the practice of rhetoric with Christianity • Argues that hermenutics (interpretation of scripture) along with rhetoric is the most effective way to “teach what is right and refute what is wrong”

    3. On Christian Doctrine:Preface • Augustine refutes what he predicts might be likely objections to his work • Shares what he aims to do with his text

    4. On Christian Doctrine:Book IV • Augustine argues that a Christian can and should use rhetoric • Drawing for Christian examples, Augustine argues for the qualities of what he sees to be the ideal orator • Emphasizes that the message is more important than the orator’s ethos or style

    5. St. Augustine’sOn Christian Doctrine So that’s a quick overview—now let’s break up the text into smaller, more digestible bits. We’ll get into groups of 3 or 4 and each group will briefly summarize an assigned section then report back to the group.

    6. St. Augustine’sOn Christian Doctrine February 23, 2012