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Saint Augustine

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Megan Ono

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Saint Augustine

Biography Augustine's
RHETORIC Enjoy! Skit Time By: Megan, Lauren,
Leslie, Janelle, and Alejandra Saint Augustine
& Hermeneutics Born in
Thagaste, Numidia 425 C.E. 400 C.E. SIGNS THE
DOCTRINE Signs signify something else
Divided into 2 categories
signs pointing to things
Words are signs
Signs point people to God
Helpful to preacher
In biblical stories
Rock = Christ (Rock of Ages)
Tree = Everlasting Life History Overview 450 C.E. 353 C.E. 374 C.E. 383 C.E. 384 C.E. 387 C.E. 391 C.E. 397 C.E. 430 C.E. 413 C.E. Opens his own
School in Carthrage Hermeneu...WHAT?! "The interpretation of truth..." - Smith "A common language, in search for the truth..."
- Kvit Hermeneutics: theory of understanding and interpretation of linguistic and non-linguistic expressions Finds his religion:
Manichaeans Starts teaching sophistic
rhetoric & meets Ambrose Baptized by
Ambrose Hermeneutics is a
process!!!!! HERMENEUTICS
TO THE RESCUE! Becomes Bishop
of Hippo Published Confessions Continues writing books such as, City of God, finishes writing the Christian Doctrine Augustine loses
his life Let's take it back.. Still used today! Christianity Rhetoric New Christian preachers were SKEPTICAL about rhetoric CYPRIAN - referred to rhetoric as a PAGAN practice and a HEATHEN tool JEROME: Rhetorical ornamentation was sinful Rhetoric is based on PROBABILITY, not a single TRUTH Major Themes Subject matter came from "the scripture" and ultimate goal was to PROPAGATE the faith Augustine Cicero/Ambrose For example... Interpreting the scripture involves a "deeper, existential level of self-understanding." - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Comm 300
Dr. Asenas Augustine "A second major alteration in the classical tradition occurred when Augustine argued that the message was more important than the speaker and the speaker was more important than the audience."
-Smith MESSAGE SPEAKER AUDIENCE Started writing in 390 C.E.
(Books I-III)
Finished in 427 C.E.
(Book IV)
Influenced by Cicero and Plato Christianity
Rhetorical theories
style (e.g. Sandlot)
Preacher's Dilemna Influence on people
Ever-changing -Lauren -Alejanra and
Janelle -Leslie and
Megan Practice > Theory Wisdom = God,
not Civic virtue
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