Church Father


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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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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 his "new biography" of Augustine, Georgetown University Provost and classicist James O'Donnell tries to strip the Church Father of his sainthood.
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.
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.
From the list in KV one can gauge at a glance, who is the earliest Church Father to be preserved on papyrus (Clement of Alexandria, KV 9) and at what date (III-IV AD).
The Church Father Jerome stated in his chronicle for the year 94 BC (or possibly 96 or 93) that Lucretius was born in that year and that years later a love potion drove him insane.
The Roman Catholic Church observes Thursday the feast of a great Latin Church Father and a Doctor of the Church - San Isidro of Seville (Saint Isidore), who remains well-venerated in many parts of the world to this day.
A meeting of police officers was held at police headquarters on orders of SSP.Meeting was chaired by SP headquarters Abdullah Memon which was attended by SP city Zahida Parveen, all DSPs,SHOs, priest of St.Thomas Church father Naseer/Imran, father James Kajoo rector of St.
At least three other early Christian writings condemn turning away a person in want: one writing was a first- or second-century Syrian or Palestinian church manual, (2) another was the related Letter of Barnabas of about the same era, (3) and the third was by Tertullian, a Church Father who lived around A.D.
Parish priest of Holy Cross church Father Peter Morgan said: "We were taken by surprise when the DCMS wrote to us last week.
What an interesting man, and what an unlikely Church Father! So gifted, so insecure, so silly in many ways, with his waspish tongue and petty vanity.
Both words appear to allude to the church father Tertullian (Spanish: Tertuliano), but the origin of the allusion is uncertain.