from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the authoritative early writers in the Christian church who formulated doctrines and codified religious observances.
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- n. (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
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