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Fathers of the Church

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The Fathers ( Patres ) of the Church are a somewhat loosely defined group of early Christian and early medieval theologians, from the first through eighth centuries, whose writings are recognized as carrying certain authority and whose holiness of life and contributions to the establishment of church doctrine were noteworthy. The list of those considered as Church Fathers varied through the first centuries of Christianity; the title was first applied only to bishops but by the late fourth and fifth century was expanded to include other authors who did not necessarily hold high ecclesiastical positions but whose writings were critical in the formation of Christian doctrine. The title is popular rather than formally conferred (in contrast to the *Doctors of the Church who are, in any case, also considered Church Fathers). The authority and consensus of the Church Fathers were frequently invoked in the theological controversies of the early Christian period. Those considered Church Fathers now conclude in the west with the seventh-century Saint *Isidore of Seville, and in the east, with the eighth-century Saint *John of Damascus. Others include: Eusebius, Tertullian, and Saints *Ambrose, *Augustine, *Basil, *Gregory the Great, *Gregory of Nazianzus, Irenaeus, *Jerome, and *John Chrysostom.The study of the writings of the Church Fathers is known as Patristics.
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