Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis BerkhofJust as Berkhofs Systematic Theology is outstanding in its own field, his Summary of Christian Doctrine is unequalled as a popular handbook of Christian doctrine, written from an evangelical and reformed standpoint. Systematically arranged and helpfully sub-divided, A Summary of Christian Doctrine has proved ideal for church study-groups. Passages for memorization and questions for review at the close of each chapter enhance the books value for the student.
Foundations of Christian Doctrine Part 1: Why Study Christian Doctrine? - William Lane Craig
On Christian Doctrine - Preface Summary & Analysis
It consists of four books that describe how to interpret and teach the Scriptures. The first three of these books were published in and the fourth added in By writing this text, Saint Augustine set three tasks for Christian teachers and preachers: to discover the truth in the contents of the Scriptures, to teach the truth from the Scriptures, and to defend scriptural truth when it was attacked. Starting in AD, the powerful application of faith to politics led Emperor Theodosius to issue a series of edicts against paganism that concluded in with a law making pagan worship illegal. During the Golden Age of Athens , politics and man-made laws guided human conduct, and the city-state was viewed as a manifestation of the highest human values, giving rise to political philosophy.
Augustine begins De Doctrina Christiana by predicting that he will face three kinds of criticism—criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching, those who refuse or are unable to apply it, and those who believe it is not needed. Most of Augustine's efforts in the preface are aimed at refuting the last group. He invites them to remember experiencing learning for themselves and further, Augustine argues, there are many Scriptural examples where humans taught other humans. Focusing on Augustine's critique of the third type of critic, Augustine mentions that these critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do. Since they believe they already understand, they see no need to learn to interpret the Scriptures with the aid of rules of the sort Augustine wants to convey.
De Doctrina Christiana was written by the great philosopher, theologian and Bishop of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, around the beginning of the fifth century A. He wrote it for a variety of reasons, but three predominate: i he wanted to convince those who thought they could simply divine the meaning of Scripture to study and pay heed to interpretation, ii he wanted to teach principles of Scriptural interpretation and encourage the study of subjects that aid Scriptural interpretation, and iii he wanted to teach Christian speakers about the skills and practices of a good Christian orator. The writing of De Doctrina Christiana was halted when Augustine became Bishop of Milan, but he later resumed it, so the book has a certain divide in its structure, one, however, that is a bit hard to notice. The book was left unfinished. De Doctrina Christian contains a preface and four books.