Fathers of the Church

Fathers of the Church, the early teachers of Christianity and founders of the Christian Church, consisting of live Apostolic FathersClement of Home, Barnabas, Hermes, Ignatius, and Polycarp, and of nine in addition called Primitive FathersJustin, Theophilus of Antioch, Irenæus, Clemens of Alexandria, Cyprian of Carthage, Origen, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius of Alexandria, and Tertullian. The distinctive title of Apostolic Fathers was bestowed upon the immediate friends and disciples of the Apostles, while the patristic period proper may be said to commence with the 2nd century, but no definite date can be assigned as marking its termination, some closing it with the deaths of Gregory the Great (601) and John of Damascus (756), while Catholic writers bring it down as far as the Council of Trent (1542); discarded among Protestants, the Fathers are regarded by Catholics as decisive in authority on points of faith, but only when they exhibit a unanimity of opinion.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Father Paul * Fathom
Fata Morgana
Fatalism
Fates, The
Father of Comedy
Father of Ecclesiastical History
Father of French History
Father of German Literature
Father of History
Father of Tragedy
Father Paul
Fathers of the Church
Fathom
Fathom, Count Ferdinand
Fatima
Fatimides
Faucher, Léon
Fauchet, Abbé
Faucit, Helen
Fauns
Fauntleroy, Henry
Faunus

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