Father of the Church

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Father of the Church (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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Usage

In literature:

He is a justice of the peace; he is a vestryman in the church; he is a husband and a father.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Even Bossuet, the "last father of the Church," shared in the spoils of the Huguenots.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Against that abuse some of the great Fathers of the Church struggled, and struggled effectively.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
Hooper Morrison followed his father into the Church and became Rector of Atherington near Barnstaple.
"A Pindarick Ode on Painting" by Thomas Morrison
Now, of this sharply-defined dualism there is scarcely a trace in the system described by the Fathers of the Church.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The princes of the Church, most holy Father, ought not to resemble those of the nations.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Evangelists, and Fathers of the Church.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
He was a great teacher as well as Father of the Church.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Some traces of these views are found also in the writings of the Church fathers.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
My tour through Scotland brought me into contact with every Minister, Congregation, and Sabbath School in the Church of my fathers.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
James McGill was born of Scotch Presbyterian parents and he grew up in the church and religion of his fathers.
"McGill and its Story, 1821-1921" by Cyrus Macmillan
The man who has courage to seize a Father of the Church, surely can strike his brother.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Holmes's father was minister to the Congregational church in Cambridge, a man of ability and author of some historical works.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
If a father had named none, the bishop took part in the choice of them; the act was deposited among the church documents.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Him whom I meant was your terrestrial Dalai-Lama; he to whom you have given the title of 'Father of the Church.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
All these propositions are certainly contrary to Scripture, to the opinions of the Fathers, and to the tradition of the Catholic Church.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
We have a fine peal of bells in our church, presented to the parish by my father.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Compare them and answer whether it is to the Fathers of the Church or to the Founders of Republics that women should be most grateful.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
What do the Fathers of the Church say of parents who oppose children that wish to enter the religious state?
"Vocations Explained" by Anonymous
On the later Christianity of the Western churches he has exerted more influence than any other of the fathers.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
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In poetry:

Firm to the Church by which his fathers stood,
But tolerant to every form of creed,
He longs for universal brotherhood,
And is a Christian gentleman indeed.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
FATHER, by that oracle
From the gleaming cloud that fell,
SPIRIT, by th' attesting word
From the Law and Prophets heard,
Grant that all Thy Church be one
In the Glory of the SON. Amen.
"The Transfiguration" by Samuel John Stone
So, next day when the accustomed train
Of things grew round my sense again,
``That is a sin,'' I said: and slow
With downcast eyes to church I go,
And pass to the confession-chair,
And tell the old mild father there.
"The Confessional" by Robert Browning
PRIOR.
Madam, I go. Our holy Church has healed
Far deadlier heart-wounds than a love-sick boy's.
Be of good cheer, the Prince shall live to bless
The father's rigor who kept pure of blot
A 'scutcheon more unsullied than the sun.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
We said our Mass in canvas tents, and neath the gnarled trees;
Of red-gum slabs and sheets of bark we built our sanctuaries
Our axes rang on timbered slopes above the mining flat,
And church and school and convent mark the path of Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien
The bandit whispered in his ear: "Jeez-crize, you got me wrong.
I wouldn't rob you Father dear - to your Church I belong."
Then swiftly striding to the sleigh he dumped the gold back in,
And hollered: "On your knees and pray, you lousy sons of sin!"
"Black Moran" by Robert W Service

In news:

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, December 12, at St Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Bernard Steiner celebrating the Mass.
This path brought me thankfully to the point where a few short years later I would argue with a pro-choice Jesuit who tasked me to read the Fathers of the Church and it was then that I became Catholic .
Father Joseph Workman of St Clement Church receives the Insignis Award at Lakewood Catholic Academy earlier this month.
Gino Iossa and his father Rocco Iossa who own Rocco's Tuscany Grill brouhgt pizza, pasta and soup to The Church of Grace and Peace in Toms River to feed those in need and volunteers on Monday.
FARGO , North Dakota — The father of a woman killed in a bus-motorcycle crash in Fargo two years ago has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the bus driver and the church that employed her.
ISA LOGAN, the jury foreman in the predator-priests child-abuse trial, is a father of three, a husband and a deacon at his West Philadelphia church.
The Brentwood Health Organization of Brentwood Church of Christ recently focused on men's health as part of its Father's Day breakfast.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Friday, November 30, 2012 at the St Paul's Catholic Church in Nicollet with Father Phil Schotzko celebrating the Mass and Deacon Steve Spilman assisting.
Father Kenny Mayne, a close friend of the bride's family, officiated the nuptial Mass at St Joseph Church in Evangeline.
Hinckley seen as 'father of LDS Church in the Orient '.
Father John Unni delivered a homily of historic proportion for a Catholic church in Boston at Sunday's Mass at St Cecilia's Church in the Back Bay.
Father Robert F Ippolito is a member of the Missionaries of LaSalette and pastor of St Brendan the Navigator Church in Shallotte, N.C.
The Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints has decided that Father Junipero Serra performed a miracle, moving the 18th-century California missions founder a step closer to being declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Don Buhrman and Father James Murphy officiating.
A popular Miami priest nicknamed 'Father Oprah' said Sunday that 'church is about forgiveness' during his first sermon since leaving the Roman Catholic Church after photographs surfaced of him kissing his girlfriend on the beach.
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In science:

Already hundreds of years ago, famous Jewish scholars and Christian church fathers held the view that the “days” represent different facets of creation and are not meant to be literal units of duration nor to describe the temporal sequence of events.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
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