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 (pə-trĭs′tĭk) also pa·tris·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to the fathers of the early Christian church or their writings.

pa·tris′ti·cal·ly adv.


(pəˈtrɪstɪk) or


(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to the Fathers of the Church, their writings, or the study of these
paˈtristically adv
paˈtristics n (functioning as singular)


(pəˈtrɪs tɪk)

also pa•tris′ti•cal,

of or pertaining to the fathers of the Christian church or their writings.
[1830–40; < Greek patr-, s. of patḗr father + -istic]
pa•tris′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.patristic - of or relating to the writings of the early church fathers
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It seems to me important to draw up now, in the beginning of a new era, the principal lines along which Russian patristic scholarship should develop in the 21st century, and to point out the many gaps that still need to be filled.
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Chapters 3-6 constitute Hallett's dialogue between Ewing's case and some important voices of Christian tradition: the New Testament, Patristic positions, the Thomistic tradition, and contemporary viewpoints.
After the quotation from scripture there is a summary of the comments to follow and then the patristic comments.
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In the decades that followed, the Museum's collection was purged and transformed by the Christians so that, by the time the main library was destroyed by Islamic invaders in 641, it housed mostly patristic and other church writings.
Readers will appreciate the quality of Wilken's writing, including biblical, rabbinical, and patristic texts presented with economy and clarity.
Harold Weatherby's contention is that The Faerie Queene has usually been read exclusively in terms of its author's supposed protestantism, whereas, in fact, the poem is both eclectic and learned, open not just to rival catholic interpretations, but, more importantly, 'sustained patristic influences' which Spenser was probably exposed to at Cambridge.
A collection of biblical commentaries, translations of patristic works, and liturgical prayers and hymns is credited to Mesrob, corroborating his reputation for having laid the foundation of a national Armenian liturgy.
Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling with Biblical Anthropomorphism.