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Fathers of the Church


The early advocates of Christianity, who may be thus classified:—

(1) Five apostolic fathers, who were contemporary with the apostles—viz. Clement of Rome, Barʹnabas, Hermas, Ignaʹtius, and Polʹycarp.

(2) The primitive fathers. Those advocates of Christianity who lived in the first three centuries. They consisted of the five apostolic fathers (q.v.), together with the nine following:—Justin, Theophʹilus of Antioch, Irenæus, Clement of Alexandria, Cypʹrian of Carthage, Orʹigen, Gregory Thaumaturʹgus, Dionysius of Alexandria, and Tertullian.

(3) The fathers, or those of the fourth and fifth century, who were of two groups, those of the Greek and those of the Latin Church. (See below.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Father Mathew
Father Neptune
Father Norbert
Father Paul
Father Prout
Father Thames
Father Thoughtful
Father of Waters
Father of his Country
Father of the People
Fathers of the Church
Fathers of the Greek Church
Fathers of the Latin Church
Fathom (Count)
Fatted Calf
Fatua Mulier

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Fathers of the Church