church father

noun, often capitalized C&F

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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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1654, in the meaning defined above

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“Church father.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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