church father


often capitalized C&F

Examples of church father in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scripture and church fathers alike have been interpreted in wildly diverging ways (the progressive Catholic magazine Commonweal has a fine detailed rundown of the varying history of major Catholic thinkers’ approach to remarriage). Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, 5 Apr. 2018 The early church fathers used an imbalance of power to silence the women of Easter and other charismatic women in the New Testament, some biblical scholars say. John Blake, CNN, 30 Mar. 2018 And Dostoyevsky was a very Christ-centric writer and his writings are full of Orthodox messages and even quotations from the church fathers. The Economist, 1 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of church father was in 1654

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“Church father.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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