"St. Augustine’s Guide to Finding Veritas in History (and every other discipline too)"

This paper explores the ways that St. Augustine’s exegetical text, among others, can serve as a guide for this secular historian in the pursuit of veritas. In St. Augustine’s short work, De Doctrina Christiana, the saint constructs a sacred epistemology as a method for reading scripture. At the core, De Doctrina Christiana is a text about how we humans might come closer to understanding divina veritas. Historians, like Augustine, have long been concerned with truth. But my passion for my studies lies not in unlocking past objective reality or drawing chains of historical causation, but in delving into deeper questions of meaning and belief. Veritas is about the quest, not the reward.

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