Our methods of discussion, however, are rather of a gentle kind;
for we have learned that he who presides over the preaching of the word
ought to be able to confute gainsayers.
But if some continue indolent, and do not train themselves
so as to attend to the reading of the word,
and “to search the Scriptures,” and, agreeably to the command of Jesus,
to investigate the meaning of the sacred writings,
and to ask of God concerning them,
and to keep “knocking” at what may be closed within them,
the Scripture is not on that account to be regarded as devoid of wisdom.