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Church Father

or church father
n.
Any of the authoritative early writers in the Christian church who formulated doctrines and codified religious observances.
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Noun1.Church Father - (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer - someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
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The security guard on duty informed pastor of the church Father Antony Francis about the incident.
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Thus, by extricating the real Jerome from his fictional persona, the church father could be what he wrote (246).
This church father differed from Origen and Eusebius of Caesarea, for whom only the heavenly (rather than earthly) Jerusalem had significance.
In 180AD, an early church father denounced a book that he called 'The Gospel of Judas', which claimed that Judas was Christ's closest collaborator.
10) Already as early as in the dawning days of neo-Platonism in the third century, with its neglect of the body, the North African church father Tertullian, in making reference to the Incarnation, had to remind his contemporaries that "the body is the pivot of salvation" (caro cardo salutis).
Several decades ago, Smith published and analyzed a text purporting to be a letter from Church Father Clement of Alexandria that quotes a secret version of the Gospel of Mark.
In the year 200 of the Common Era, Origen, an early church father, charged that Jews had committed the most heinous crime of all: the murder of Christ, for which they suffered the destruction of their nation.
Church Father Zwingli owns Number of times Zwingli cites Theophyiact - 0 works; 0 glosses Origen [square root of] 32 works; 313 glosses Eusebius of Caesarea [square root of] * 7 works; 12 glosses (Rufinus) Athanasius [square root of] 14 works; 1 gloss Basil of Caesarea [square root of] 1 work; 28 glosses John Chrysostom [square root of] 34 works; 8 glosses Cyril of Alexandria [square root of] 7 works; 4 glosses ps.
Spokesman for the Church Father John Owen said: ``There are Christians throughout Wales who prefer to worship and read in Welsh, and by translating this important document it shows that the Catholic Church is serious in its aim to use as much Welsh as possible.
Parish priest of Holy Cross church Father Peter Morgan said: "We were taken by surprise when the DCMS wrote to us last week.