Father of the Church

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(Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine

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Corroborating her version, father of the church categorically denied the allegations made by the Hindu radical group.
Irenaeus, a renowned father of the church, spoke of God "empowering" the earth he created ("Let the earth bring forth all manner of living things," Genesis 1) to be partners in his never-ending creative action, just as he partners in populating the earth with the man and woman he sculptured.
which sheathe you in the ringing of their hooves, and lead you to the place where the Father of the Church comes up, parting the girlfriends and the police.
SAINT ATHANASIUS, A FOURTH-CENTURY FATHER OF THE church and bishop of Alexandria, noted centuries ago the psalms' impressive power to become "a mirror to the person singing them.