Augustine (354–430)

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Augustine represents the preaching of the Latin church, a style that may be traced from Tertullian through Cyprian to Ambrose, Augustine's spiritual father and mentor. The Latin style of preaching shows an acquaintance with classical literature, Latin rhetoric, and symbolism.

Augustine addresses the matter of homiletics in the fourth book of De Doctrina Christiana. He basically argues that the sermon should be an exposition of the text. Concerning approach, he urges the speaker to appeal to...


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