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  Apostolic Fathers - LoveToKnow 1911
While the title "Fathers" was given from at least the beginning of the 4th century to church writers of former days, as being the parents of Christian belief and thought for later times, the expression "Apostolic Fathers" dates only from the latter part of the 1 7th century.
They have not caught the Apostolic meaning, because they have not penetrated to the full religious experience which gave to the words, often words with long and varied history both in the Septuagint and in ordinary Greek usage, their specific meaning to each apostle and especially to Paul.
Firstly, it suggests the supernormal level to which the Apostolic consciousness was raised at a bound by the direct influence of the Founder of Christianity, and justifies the marking-off of the Apostolic writings as a Canon, or body of Christian classics of unique religious authority.
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 The Apostolic Fathers
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, Chap.
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians, Chap.
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, Chap.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Apostolic Fathers
The term Apostolic, however, was commonly used to qualify Churches, persons, writings, etc. from the early second century, when St. Ignatius, in the exordium of his Epistle to the Trallians, saluted their Church "after the Apostolic manner." In 1672 Jean Baptiste Cotelier (Cotelerius) published his "SS.
The writings of the Apostolic Fathers are generally epistolary in form, after the fashion of the canonical Epistles, and were written, for the greater part, not for the purpose of instructing Christians at large, but for the guidance of individuals or local churches in some passing need.
Meagre as they necessarily are in their testimony, the Apostolic Fathers bear witness to the faith of Christians in the chief mysteries of the Divine Unity and Trinity.
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 The Apostolic Fathers
Besides these, whose rank as Apostolic Fathers in the strictest sense is undisputed, there are two first-century writers whose place with them is generally conceded: the author of the Didache and the author of the "Epistle of Barnabas".
More abrupt, however, is the transition between the unpretentious style of the Apostolic Fathers and the scientific form of the treatises of the Fathers of the subsequent periods.
Some of the Apostolic Fathers are found in the oldest manuscripts of the New Testament at the end of the canonical writings: Clement was first made known through the "Codex Alexandrinus"; similarly, Hermas and Pseudo-Barnabas are appended to the canonical books in the "Codex Sinaiticus".
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 Who were the early church fathers?
The Apostolic Church Fathers were the ones like Clement of Rome who were contemporary with the Apostles and were probably taught by them, carrying on the tradition and teaching of the Apostles themselves.
The actual Apostolic Fathers who were taught by the apostles would have largely all passed from the scene by the beginnings of the second century, except for those few that might have been disciples of John the Apostle, such as Polycarp.
The orthodoxy of the message was preserved by the Apostolic Fathers' desire to stay as true to the gospel taught to them by the Apostles as they possibly could.
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 Apostolic Fathers, Fathers of the Church
The Apostolic Fathers were authors of nonbiblical church writings of the 1st and early 2nd centuries.
The writings of the Fathers, or patristic literature, synthesized Christian doctrine as found in the Bible, especially the Gospels, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, ecclesiastical dictums, and decisions of church councils (see Council).
Protestants naturally insist that the fathers too are subject to the supreme norm of Scripture, so that their statements or interpretations may call for rejection, correction, or amplification.
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 Rejection of Pascal's Wager: The Apostolic Fathers
The term Apostolic Fathers (Latin: Patres Apostolici) was first used towards the end of the 17th century to describe the Christian writers of the late first century and early second century of the common era and the writings attributed to them.
The main reason for the inclusion of this writing in the apostolic fathers is the claim of its author to be a "pupil of the apostles" in chapter 11 of the epistle.
The term Apostolic Fathers seems to have been used as early as the sixth century when it was used by Severus of Antioch(c465-538) to refer to those church fathers who came immediately after the first (apostolic) generation.
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 APOSTOLIC FATHERS - Holman Bible Dictionary on StudyLight.org
The Apostolic Fathers include two writings under the name of Clement, a Roman presbyter-bishop at the end of the first century, but only his letter to the Corinthians, the Epistle of 1 Clement can be considered authentic.
Included in the Apostolic Fathers is The Martyrdom of Polycarp, the oldest account of a martyr's death recorded soon after it happened in 156.
While the writings designated Apostolic Fathers differ in the precision of their dating and authorship, as writings that predate the formation of the New Testament canon, they are invaluable resources for understanding post-apostolic Christianity.
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 APOSTOLIC FATHERS - Online Information article about APOSTOLIC FATHERS
Peter, for instance, are quite typical of the same period, and help us to read hetween the lines of the Apostolic Fathers.
fellow Christians, that it is akin to the piety of the Apostolic Fathers as a group.
These personal traits determine by selective affinity, working under conditions given by the special local type of tradition and piety, the elements in the Apostolic writings which each was able to assimilate and express—though we must allow also for variety in the occasions of writing.
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 Apostolic Fathers (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The Apostolic Fathers were a small collection of Christian authors who lived and wrote in the late 1st and early 2nd centuries who are acknowledged as leaders in the early church, but whose writings were not included in the collection of Chirstian scripture, the New Testament Biblical canon.
The "Apostolic Fathers" are distinguished from other Christian authors of this same period in that their practices and theology that largely fell within those developing traditions of Pauline Christianity that became the mainstream.
The writings from early Christianity during the time of the Roman Empire that are not considered "Apostolic Fathers" include the writings of the desposyni, the apocryphal gospels, the pseudoepigrapha, and the writings of unorthodox leaders, or heretics.
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 Story of the Church - The Apostolic Fathers
We must not think of the Apostolic Fathers as an organized group who consciously carried on the writing and teaching traditions of the apostles, and left us with the legacy of their writings.
Rather, the collection of literature termed the "apostolic fathers" represents the fragments of a small and struggling church, widely dispersed in the Empire, but still enjoying the fruits of the recent ministry of the apostles and the work of the Holy Spirit among them.
In many respects this is the best that the apostolic fathers can offer, and this epistle most lives up to the idea most of us would have about someone who was close to the apostles.
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 StayCatholic.com - About the Early Fathers
The Early Church Fathers were the leaders and teachers of the early Church.
The earliest of the fathers are known as the Apostolic Fathers.
Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers by Maxwell Stanforth and The Fathers of the Church, by Mike Aquilina and The Teachings of the Church Fathers, by Fr.
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 The Way of the Fathers
The Fathers were pastors with a burning zeal for the task of spreading the Gospel; and therefore they were profoundly interested in all the dimensions of worship, leaving us some of the most significant and enduring texts of the Christian tradition, which are anything but the result of a barren aestheticism.
The Fathers were ardent preachers, and it is hard to imagine that there can be an effective renewal of Catholic preaching, as the Council wished, without sufficient familiarity with the Patristic tradition.
In order to confute the heresies of his age, this father made himself acquainted with the most absurd conceits of their philosophers, by which means he was qualified to trace up every error to its sources and set it in its full light.
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 Apostolic Fathers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Roman Catholic label Apostolic Fathers has been used since the 17th century (see below) to emphasize that these authors were thought of as being of the generation that had personal contact with the Apostles.
Themes of early Christianity absent from the writings of the Apostolic fathers include those of continuing revelation, of "secret" writings, of arcane initiations, and of the public role of women.
The writings from the early Christian tradition during the time of the Roman Empire that are not classed in those of the Apostolic Fathers include the writings of the desposyni, the apocrypha (including apocryphal gospels), much of the pseudepigrapha, and the writings of unorthodox leaders, or heretics such as Marcion and Valentinius.
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 After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers
The positions of the Apostolic Fathers represented simply one competing version of Christianity among many, and their eventual categorization as "orthodox" would be a retroactive one.
He has designed the course for maximum clarity, presenting the writings of the Apostolic Fathers in pairs, with the first lecture of each pair examining a specific written work and the second exploring the broader implications the work reveals for the development of Christianity.
The Apostolic Fathers bear that name because 17th-century scholars believed them to be companions or followers of the apostles—people from the next generation who had known the apostles earlier in their lives.
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 Apostolic Fathers - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Apostolic Fathers, term applied to certain disciples and successors of the 12 apostles.
Roman Catholic Church : theologians and scholars: Apostolic Fathers – Hermas
Hermas (flourished ad140), Christian writer considered one of the Apostolic Fathers, noted for his vivid description of early Christianity....
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 apostolicfathers
Apostolic Father: Tertullian** (A.D. The apostles founded churches in every city, from which all the other churches, one after another, derived the tradition of faith, and the seed of doctrine, and are every day deriving them, that they may become churches.
From the beginning, in such a manner that their bishop shall be able to show for his ordained and predecessor, some of the apostolic or of apostolic men-a man moreover, who continue steadfast with the apostles.
Apostolic Father: Irenaeus on the Primacy of the Roman Church
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 True Knights: Early Church Fathers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The Church Fathers is a titled bestowed on men (and some women such as Egeria of Spain fl AD 448) in the ancient Church that are united by four trademarks: (1) a rigid orthodoxy in doctrine, (2) an exemplary holy life, (3) approval in the Church, and (4) antiquity.
Another popular way of dividing the Fathers into time periods is: 1) the period of Origins which include the Apostolic Fathers and the Apologists (post Apostolic times until AD 300), 2) the Classical or Golden Period (AD 300 to the death of Cyril of Alexandria d.
Prior to definition, doctrinal confusion is expected as the Fathers are grappling with the mysteries of the faith in an attempt to puzzle out the doctrines of the Church.
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 Early church fathers - Theopedia
The Church Fathers or Fathers of the Church are the early and influential theologians and writers in the Christian Church, particularly those of the first five centuries of Christian history.
The very earliest Church Fathers, of the first two generations after the Apostles of Christ, are usually called the Apostolic Fathers.
Famous Latin Fathers include the Augustine of Hippo and Ambrose of Milan; famous Greek Fathers include Irenaeus of Lyons (whose work has oddly survived only in Latin translation) and Athanasius of Alexandria among others.
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 Reformation21 » Apostolic Fathers
As an aside, it is also significant to students of the Reformation that in the letters of these three Apostolic Fathers, Christ is referred to as the divine King and Lord (in Polycarp, Clement, and Ignatius), the great High Priest (Clement), and as the Teacher of the Church (Clement and Ignatius).
Ignatius is also a lone voice in the context of the Apostolic Fathers in that he devotes a significant part of his letters on the offices of ecclesiastical government.
In reading his epistles, it is a closely contested issue as to whether he holds a three-office view of Church government (bishops, presbyters, and deacons) or a two-office view the bishop serving as a type of moderator of the presbytery.
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