Father of the Church


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Noun1.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
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer - someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
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The vice president had earlier attended the installation of 90-year-old Chief Emmanuel Osibona as the Father of the Church, 'Baba Ijo', of Our Saviour's Anglican Church, Ikenne, Ogun, his hometown.
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Those who tend toward biblical literalism sometimes express concern for Paul's presentation of himself as a father of the church, a concern that carries over to using the word "father" in other religious contexts as well.