NOURiSHiNg And StrengtheniNg Faith

The early Christian writers of the East and West realized the importance of education. Saints Basil and Gregory of Nyssa from the East and Saints Jerome and Augustine from the West argued that Christians could defend themselves against opponents only if they were good at rhetoric, and that they could explain their faith coherently and intelligently only if they were adept at logic. Saint Augustine in the fifth century particularly urged Christians to pursue any studies "by which our most wholesome faith, which leads to eternal life, may be begotten, nourished, strengthened, and defended" (On the Trinity, XIV, 1).

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