St. Augustine
 

Definition of Rhetoric

 

Augustine believed that rhetoric is the art of interpreting and transmitting authority.

 

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St. Augustine 

 (November 13, 354 - August 28, 430)


Saint Augustine of Hippo, as depicted in stained glass at Saint Joseph's Cathedral in Macon, Georgia 

 

(Photo and caption from http://www.catholic-forum.com) 


Contributions to Rhetoric

 

Augustine was a rhetorician and a teacher before converting to Christianity in 386.  In 397, Augustine wrote a handbook on properly interpretting Christian teachings (On Christian Doctrine) that blended church doctrine and rhetoric.