from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the fathers of the early Christian church or their writings.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the fathers of the early Christian church, especially to their writings

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Fathers of the Christian church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the fathers of the Christian church: as, patristic theology; patristic writings.
  • n. One who studies or adheres to the doctrines of the fathers of the Christian church.

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  • adj. of or relating to the writings of the early church fathers


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patri- + -istic


  • Though the term patristic belongs to the whole period here under consideration, as contrasted with the term scholastic applied to the Middle Ages, it may nevertheless be restricted to the period we are now describing.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Fourth, the idea of patristic authority (auctoritas patrum or auctoritas sanctorum) juxtaposed the notion of authorization (the inspiration of the Fathers by Holy Scripture), the notion of persuasion apart from or prior to rational demonstration, the notion of personal expertise in the juristic formulation of a canonical faith, and the anthropological reverence for the elders (auctoritas maiorum as the respect due the fathers of a Christian doctrinal tradition).


  • "The Mass is very ritualistic, filled with scriptural and what we would call 'patristic' allusions."

    Westword | Complete Issue

  • Then just in time for Halloween, we even have a patristic discussion of ghosts!

    October « 2009 « Maria Lectrix

  • Besides that, for the skeptical modern reader, or even for most Christians, it is more important to outline what assumptions underlie modern thought and how J.P. Deuce has answered, used, or rejected those assumptions, rather than to show how he has used patristic sources, which the skeptical modern reader, and even some Christians, won't care much about.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Contra Archdeacon Smiter, I'm glad Waldstein didn't go on for a few hundred more pages about J.P. Deuce's patristic sources.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • He did not hesitate to cite, out of honesty and also to give greater weight to his explanations, the patristic sources to which he owed his knowledge.

    Benedict on the Liturgy: "The Faith is not only thought"

  • He made use of them freely and with attentive discernment, continuing the development of the patristic thought.

    Benedict on the Liturgy: "The Faith is not only thought"

  • In his masterly message to the Meeting of Rimini in 2002, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger reflected on this famous dictum of Dostoyevsky, addressing the topic from a biblical-patristic perspective.

    Fr Lang on Beauty and the Liturgy

  • In an earlier publication, dedicated to the patristic era [1], we attempted to gather together the essential elements of the most ancient Christian tradition about the Church's teaching on the Mother of the-Lord, We drew these elements from the writings of the Church Fathers and other Christian authors who lived in their time.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:


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