What is Church Father?

  • (noun): (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 Lation Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom.
    Synonyms: Father of the Church, Father

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List Of Early Christian Writers
... The Apostolic Fathers were prominent writers who are traditionally understood to have met and learned from Jesus' personal disciples ... The Church Fathers are later writers with no direct connection to the disciples (other than the claim to Apostolic Succession) ... authors of the canonical gospels 60~125 Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, apostolic father 68~107 Clement of Rome, bishop of Rome, apostolic father 88~101 Papias, bishop of Hierapolis ...

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