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  Church Fathers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
Famous Apostolic Fathers are St. Clement of Rome, the author of the Didache and the Shepherd of Hermas.
In the Roman Catholic Church, St. John of Damascus, who lived in the 8th century, is generally considered to be the last of the Church Fathers and at the same time the first seed of the next period of church writers, scholasticism.
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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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 Lecture 16: The Church Fathers: St. Jerome and St. Augustine
To many of the early Church Fathers, classical philosophy was erroneous for the simple reason that it did not emanate from divine revelation.
It is clear that the Church Fathers became Christian intellectuals and theologians.
The most important of all Church Fathers was Augustine of Hippo, better known as ST.
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 Did The Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?
They then in like manner rounded churches in every city, from which all the other churches, one after another, derived the tradition of the faith, and the seeds of doctrine, and are every day deriving them, that they may become churches.
Therefore the churches, although they are so many and so great, comprise but the one primitive church, (founded) by the apostles, from which they all (spring).
The Fathers, particularly those who combated heresies, affirmed that the fatal flaw of heretics was interpreting Scripture according to their private understanding apart from mother Church and her Tradition.
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 Unanimous Consent of the Church Fathers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Church does not claim that all her "authority rests" on the consent of the Fathers.
When the Fathers of the Church are morally unanimous in their teaching that a certain doctrine is a part of revelation, or is received by the universal Church, or that the opposite of a doctrine is heretical, then their united testimony is a certain criterion of divine revelation.
As the Fathers are not personally infallible, the counter testimony of one or two would not be destructive of the value of the collective testimony; so a moral unanimity only is required.
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 bible.org: Theology Adrift: The Early Church Fathers and Their Views of Eschatology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
As the church began to be dominated by people without Jewish roots, the hardening of the Jews' hearts and the waning hope for Israel's conversion made it easier for the increasingly Gentile church to polemicize against Judaism and to seek a replacement theology.
In sum, the basic premise of the early fathers was that God had permanently cut the nation of Israel off as his people as a result of her disobedience and idolatry in the Old Testament and her rejection and crucifixion of Jesus in the New.
60 Clement, "Epistle to the Corinthians" in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, 31.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Fathers of the Church
But he is also regarded by the early Fathers, such as Hegesippus, Irenaeus, and Tertullian as the recipient of the tradition of his predecessors in the see, and consequently as the witness and representative of the faith of his Church before Catholicity and the world.
Hence the expression "the Fathers" comes naturally to be applied to the holy bishops of a preceding age, whether of the last generation or further back, since they are the parents at whose knee the Church of today was taught her belief.
The Eastern Church had always possessed a traditional belief in Roman tradition and in the duty of recourse to the See of Peter; the Arians expressed it when they wrote to Pope Julius to deprecate interference -- Rome, they said, was "the metropolis of the faith from the beginning".
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 Early Church Fathers
The epistle was written because of internal discord and division in the Corinthian church.
His father died in the persecution of 202, and he himself narrowly escaped the same fate.
There is unanimous opinion on what was handed down from the apostolic period to the second generation, that is, that the apostolic fathers passed on the Epistle of the Hebrews to the next generation as one that had been written by the Apostle Paul.
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 Origins of Christian Anti-Semitism
The strongest attacks on Jews and Judaism by the Church Fathers are to be found in the Homilies of Chrysostom (344-407 C.E.) in his Antioch sermons.
The Church Fathers had sown the seeds of intolerance and Jews were to become the object of hatred and persecution all over Europe for centuries to come.
The Church Fathers developed, therefore, an extreme theology that was rigid and intolerant and required the Jews to abandon Judaism or be seen as "foes of grace, enemies of their fathers' faith, and advocates of the Devil."
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 Amazon.com: Books: Ambrose (Early Church Fathers))   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In this new Church Fathers series, Boniface Ramsey, a Dominican priest, presents selections from some of St Ambrose's key works, all of which are conveniently rendered into comfortable, contemporary English.
Yet on top of this, Father Ramsey places a valuable complement to this selection of works--he adds the very reliable account of the Life of St Ambrose written by Paulinus of Milan, a first-hand source for the time and an acquaintance of both Ambrose and Augustine.
Now the overall estimate for Father Ramsey's Ambrose is a good one, since it readily makes a portion of the saint's writings accessible to general readers, namely those less likely to encounter Ambrose in the original Latin or in the older rigorous English translations.
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 Early Church Documents (circa 96-150 A.D.)
These are early church documents from the Apostolic Fathers.
The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians [ca 130?]: Polycarp was a church leader (bishop) in Smyrna, Asia Minor.
Warned the church against heresies that threatened peace and unity, opposed Gnosticism and Docetism.
web.mit.edu /afs/athena.mit.edu/activity/c/csa/www/documents/README   (558 words)

 Early Church Fathers
There are numerous takes on Church history, many of which focus on when the Catholic Church went "wrong." These are usually amended with a theory as to what happened to the "true" Christian church during the time period between when the Catholic Church went "wrong" and when the "true" church came back into visible existence.
However, the lack of documentation on these small churches would seem to be indicative of their actual lack of existence.
It should be underscored that the writings of the early church fathers and authors do not supercede Scripture.
www.earlychurchfathers.org   (2469 words)

 Patristic Resources Area on Monachos.net
The study of the Church Fathers is central to an understanding of and appreciation for the history and content of Orthodox Christianity.
It is in these holy men and women that the Church has found her voice throughout the centuries, in these lives transformed and illumined that she has found her most poignant mouthpeaces.
Yet the great quality of the writings of the Church Fathers is their transcendence of the human moment: their ability to speak to the very heart of man even centuries, perhaps millennia, after they were first written.
www.monachos.net /patristics/index.shtml   (367 words)

 Early Church Fathers
Volume V. The Fathers of the Third Century [v2]
Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries (v3) [v2]
Socrates: Church History from A.D. 305-438; Sozomenus: Church History from A.D. 323-425 (v3) [v2]
www.ccel.org /fathers2   (418 words)

 Guide to Early Church Documents
The Writings of Cyprian: Cyprian [200-258] was the Overseer of the church in Carthage, Northa Africa, during a period of fierce persecution.
After many years of persecution during which the church existed underground he was captured and executed by the Romans.
The Writings of Augustine: Augustine [354-430] was Overseer of the church at Hippo, North Africa, and is considered by many to be the father of western theology.
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 NYPL, Christianity and Church History Research Guide
It was only in the mid-nineteenth century that the works of the Latin and Greek Fathers of the Church were finally collected and published in a comprehensive edition which would be widely available to scholars and researchers.
Fathers of the Church (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, in progress), 71 vols., *RR-ZEL F2 (followed by initial of author's name).
Valuable for its discussion of the principal English versions and their relation to church, culture, and society.
www.nypl.org /research/chss/grd/resguides/religion/detailed.htm   (916 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic: The Early Church Was the Catholic Church by K.
The writings of the Church Fathers included in this book are a joy to read and are relevant to living in today's world and appreciating the history and tradition of Christianity and the Catholic Church.
Aquilina made the Fathers of the Church come alive for me. Through his compelling stories of these courageous men's lives, I came to see that people like Ambrose, Athanasius, Tertullian, and all the rest are not just "THE Fathers" but rather, "MY Fathers" who left me an incredible inheritance: The saving Truth of Jesus Christ.
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 IVP | Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers
And they believe that the writings of the early church can shed new light on their understanding of Scripture.
Our first encounter with the writings of the church fathers may seem like visiting a far country where the language, assumptions, concerns and conclusions are completely unfamiliar to us.
In Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers Christopher Hall helps us through this cultural confusion, introducing us to the early church, its unique world, and the sights and sounds of Scripture that are highlighted for them.
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 Hall of Church History—The Church Fathers
The writings of the Church Fathers are not free from such influences.
It is therefore a mistake to view the Church Fathers' writings as if they had some sort of canonical authority.
A.D. Polycarp's exhortations to the church at Philippi.
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 Medieval Sourcebook: Full Text Sources
FATHERS OF THE CHURCH [At New Advent] New Advent has taken the entire Father so the Church series, as at the Wheaton College site, and broken the files down to the size of individual works.
The account of her father, the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, by Princess Anna Comnena is perhaps the most important historical work by a woman writer written before the modern period.
Volume VIII -- Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Theodotus: Excerpts, Epistles Concerning Virginity, Pseudo-Clementine Literature, Apocrypha of the New Testament, Decretals Memoire of Edessa and Ancient Syriac Documents, remains of the Second and Third Centuries.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/sbook2.html   (6518 words)

 Our Faith
The Ancient Fathers of the Desert: Introduction and Commentary
The Boundaries of the Church: An Orthodox Debate
The Greek (Eastern) Orthodox Church and The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America
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 Bible History Links - Church Histor... :
Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries The Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementia, Apocrypha, Decretals, Memoirs of Edessa and Syriac Documents, Remains of the First Ages Also available: text.zip, WinHelp.zip [Church History] [Church Fathers]
Through his writings a witness to the doctrine and discipline of the early church in belief and worship is preserved.
Church History from A.D. 1-324, Life of Constantine the Great, Oration in Praise of Constantine.
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 The Church Fathers
His most important literary accomplishments were probably his Church History (he has been called the father of Christian History, although Hegesippus was probably the first true church historian) and the canons which bear his name.
This led to a schism in the Roman church in 217, with Hippolytus appointed Pope in opposition to the official candidate Calixtus.
Born of a Christian family in 184/5, his father Leonidas died in the persecution in the tenth year of Severus (202; Eusebius tells us that Origen wanted to be martyred at the same time but was prevented by his mother, who hid all his clothing to keep him from going out).
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 Early Church Fathers And The Foundations Of Dispensationalism
It is evident from the letters of Ignatius that he believed the church to be living in the last times and that the coming of the Lord was at hand.
The former is a type of early catechism for pagans desiring to become Christians, while the latter, perhaps the work of a Jewish Christian, is an allegorical composition which presents the ethical concerns of purity and repentance couched in apocalyptic language.
However, the veneration with which he was regarded by the early church and the tone of the fragmentary references to him suggest a seasoned saint with a lifetime of commitment to the cause of Christ.
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This complete set of the writings of the Early Church Fathers translated into English is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical and theological writings available to the student of the Christian Church.
For decades, the historic Edinburgh Edition of the writings of the Early Church Fathers translated into English has made a major contribution to students of Christian history, philosophy, and theology.
The Early Church Fathers for Libronix DLS is a complete version of the Edinburgh English print edition including all of the extra matter of editor's and translator's notes and insuring the user has access to the valuable historical and background data underlying this edition.
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 Corunum Catholic Apologetic Web Page
The Catholic rule of faith consists of three coordinate and complementary authorities: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the teaching Church.
The Church Fathers used both Scripture and Tradition to explain and defend the Catholic faith.
Corunum's mission is to present the outline of Catholic doctrines as they appear in the writings of the Church Fathers.
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 Writings of the Early Church Fathers
The Ante-Nicene Fathers consist of 10 volumes spaning the time from the Apostolic Fathers to various third and fourth century sources.
The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series 1 consists of eight volumes of the writings of St. Augustine, the most influential of the early Church Fathers, and six volumes of the treatises and homilies of St. Chrysostom.
The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series 2 contains in fourteen volumes the works of the Greek Fathers from Eusebius to John of Damascus and the Latin Fathers from Hilary to Gregory the Great.
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 Segen--The Works of the Early Church Fathers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
he Early Church Fathers steered the young church through the turbulent cultural and mythological currents of the pagan world.
Volumes 1-9 contain the works of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, dating from the first generation after the original disciples to about 325 A.D. These disciples are confessedly inferior to their masters; they speak with the voices of infirm and fallible men, and not like the New-Testament writers, with the fiery tongues of the Holy Ghost.
Written before the Canon was established, when Scripture was scarce and difficult to come by, the works of the Anti-Nicene Fathers offered itself as a means to defend the Christian faith, to record the martyrdom of the early Christian church body, and to stand as monuments to the power of the Gospel.
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