On the Catechising of the Uninstructed
On the Catechising of the Uninstructed
St. Augustine

Translated by Professor J. F. Shaw, Londonderry.
Table of Contents


Title Page

On the Catechising of the Uninstructed

Introductory Notice.

Chapter 1.--How Augustin Writes in Answer to a Favor Asked by a Deacon of Carthage.

Chapter 2.--How It Often Happens that a Discourse Which Gives Pleasure to the Hearer is Distasteful to the Speaker; And What Explanation is to Be Offered of that Fact.

Chapter 3.--Of the Full Narration to Be Employed in Catechising.

Chapter 4.--That the Great Reason for the Advent of Christ Was the Commendation of Love.

Chapter 5.--That the Person Who Comes for Catechetical Instruction is to Be Examined with Respect to His Views, on Desiring to Become a Christian.

Chapter 6.--Of the Way to Commence the Catechetical Instruction, and of the Narration of Facts from the History of the World's Creation on to the Present Times of the Church.

Chapter 7.--Of the Exposition of the Resurrection, the Judgment, and Other Subjects, Which Should Follow This Narration.

Chapter 8.--Of the Method to Be Pursued in Catechising Those Who Have Had a Liberal Education.

Chapter 9.--Of the Method in Which Grammarians and Professional Speakers are to Be Dealt with.

Chapter 10.--Of the Attainment of Cheerfulness in the Duty of Catechising, and of Various Causes Producing Weariness in the Catechumen.

Chapter 11.--Of the Remedy for the Second Source of Weariness.

Chapter 12.--Of the Remedy for the Third Source of Weariness.

Chapter 13.--Of the Remedy for the Fourth Source of Weariness.

Chapter 14.--Of the Remedy Against the Fifth and Sixth Sources of Weariness.

Chapter 15.--Of the Method in Which Our Address Should Be Adapted to Different Classes of Hearers.

Chapter 16.--A Specimen of a Catechetical Address; And First, the Case of a Catechumen with Worthy Views.

Chapter 17.--The Specimen of Catechetical Discourse Continued, in Reference Specially to the Reproval of False Aims on the Catechumen's Part.

Chapter 18.--Of What is to Be Believed on the Subject of the Creation of Man and Other Objects.

Chapter 19.--Of the Co-Existence of Good and Evil in the Church, and Their Final Separation.

Chapter 20.--Of Israel's Bondage in Egypt, Their Deliverance, and Their Passage Through the Red Sea.

Chapter 21.--Of the Babylonish Captivity, and the Things Signified Thereby.

Chapter 22.--Of the Six Ages of the World.

Chapter 23.--Of the Mission of the Holy Ghost Fifty Days After Christ's Resurrection.

Chapter 24.--Of the Church in Its Likeness to a Vine Sprouting and Suffering Pruning.

Chapter 25.--Of Constancy in the Faith of the Resurrection.

Chapter 26.--Of the Formal Admission of the Catechumen, and of the Signs Therein Made Use of.

Chapter 27.--Of the Prophecies of the Old Testament in Their Visible Fulfillment in the Church.




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