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

  • n. The study of the lives, writings, and doctrines of the Church fathers.
  • n. The writings of the Church fathers.

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  • n. The study of the works of the early Christian Church Fathers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That departnent of historical theology which treats of the lives and doctrines of the Fathers of the church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That department of study which is occupied with the doctrines and writings of the fathers of the Christian church. Also called patrology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study of the lives, writings, and doctrines of the Church Fathers
  • n. the writings of the early Church Fathers


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  • The study of the writings of the Fathers of the Church, has more commonly been known in England as "patristics", or, more commonly still, as "patristic study".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Posted in Christian, The Fathers, tagged "On the Soul and the Resurrection", patristics, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Macrina on October 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment »

    October « 2009 « Maria Lectrix

  • The Council Fathers thought that a change in tone (Aggiornamento) and an emphasis on patristics and Scripture (Resourcement) would stave off decline.

    Bohemian thoughts...

  • Mr Likoudis I remember as a gifted and very readable polemicist; no doubt his work on Orthodox patristics is more than usually valuable; no doubt we can all fall on one another like wolves until the crack of doom.

    On Groupthink and False Obedience

  • Scrutiny of the writings of saints, scholastics, and patristics suggests that kneeling is the proper posturing.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • And behind English literature, Euripides, Homer, Dante not to mention all the patristics?

    an American ear ...

  • But he never identified himself in the column as Orthodox, and his comment about "scholastic Catholicism" is way off-the-mark when you consider Benedict's great knowledge of patristics, especially the work of Augustine.

    Frank Schaeffer

  • And for those who think opposition to capital punishment is an innovation for modern liberal Christians, I found this quote from Lactantius, a third-century Christian writer whom I vaguely remember from a graduate course in patristics:

    More on capital punishment at Hugo Schwyzer

  • This work was the pioneer in the field of critical patristics.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • He studied patristics on his own account and took up the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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