On Christian Doctrine

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On Christian Doctrine
Augustine of Hippo
translated by Rev. Professor J. F. Shaw
On Christian Doctrine (De Doctrina Christiana)A is the primary theological text written by St. Augustine of Hippo. It is composed of four books—the first three of which were published in 397 and the fourth was added in 426—and is intended to describe how to interpret and teach the Scriptures. Three tasks are set on Christian teachers and preachers by St. Augustine: (I) to discover the truth in the contents of the Scriptures, (II) to teach the truth from the Scriptures, and (III) to defend scriptural truth when attacked.

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  • De Doctrina Christiana is Latin and can also be translated into English as On Christian Teaching.