Posts Tagged ‘St. Augustine’

On Christian Doctrine ends at last: with talk about how a preacher is most believable when he lives the way he talks; why wise truth is more important than eloquent expression (if you have to choose one, which hopefully you don’t); the permissible use of speechwriters; and an apology for how long this sucker turned out to be.

My version also turned out to take longer than I planned, and I thank those of you who’ve stuck with me. For those who like less seriality and more complete books, you will now find this one under the Completed Religious Books tab, in the Pastoral section. Enjoy!

Book 4, Chapters 27-31.



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On Christian Doctrine reaches its penultimate post of chapters, with a great deal of talk about what styles preachers should use, and how they should use them.

Book 4, Chapters 22-26.


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On Christian Doctrine continues, with more examples of oratorical styles.

Book 4, Chapter 21: Examples of various styles in the doctors of the Church.


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On Christian Doctrine continues its segue from Biblical interpretation to oratory principles for Christian teachers, as it heads back toward finding oratorical styles in the Bible. 🙂

Book 4, Chapter 20: Examples, drawn from Scripture, of the various styles.


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On Christian Doctrine continues, as we hear more about Christian oratory and style.

Chapters 17-19.


Sorry for the delay in posting. It’s been a busy week.

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On Christian Doctrine continues, with more talk about how Christian teachers should talk.

Book 4, Chs. 9-16


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On Christian Doctrine continues, as St. Augustine waxes eloquent over the eloquence of Biblical writers. He gives us a rhetorical analysis of one passage of St. Paul and another of the prophet Amos, and we also learn a bit about the ancient art of elocution. (Which would come in handy for us audiobook readers, it would seem.) We don’t tend to think of the Bible as an oral work deploying oral rhetorical skills; St. Augustine thinks that way of it first.

Book 4, Chapters 5-8.


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