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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE FATHERS OF THE CHURCH.


Q. 1. Who are the Fathers of the Catholic Church?

A. 1. The title of "Fathers of the Church" falls into two categories. The are the "Apostolic Fathers" who lived near the end of the first and the beginning of the second century. Then there are the "apologists" from the second century and after.

The "Apostolic Fathers" recorded faithful versions of apostolic teachings. The "apologists" wrote to defend Christianity that was being persecuted for different reasons.

The following are the names of "Fathers of the Church":

Alexander of Alexandria [SAINT]

Alexander of Lycopolis

Ambrose (340-397) [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Aphrahat/Aphraates (c. 280-367)

Archelaus

Aristides the Philosopher

Arnobius

Athanasius [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Athenagoras

Augustine of Hippo [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Bardesanes (154-222)

Barnabas [SAINT]

Basil the Great [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Caius

Clement of Alexandria [SAINT]

Clement of Rome [SAINT]

Commodianus

Cyprian of Carthage [SAINT]

Cyril of Jerusalem [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Dionysius of Rome [SAINT]

Dionysius the Great

Ephraim the Syrian (306-373) [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 265-c. 340)

Gennadius of Marseilles

Gregory the Great, Pope (c. 540-604) [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Gregory Nazianzen [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Gregory of Nyssa [SAINT]

Gregory Thaumaturgus [SAINT]

Hermas

Hilary of Poitiers [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Hippolytus [SAINT]

Ignatius of Antioch [SAINT]

Irenaeus of Lyons [SAINT]

Jerome [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

John of Damascus [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

John Cassian (c. 360-c. 435)

John Chrysostom [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Julius Africanus

Justin Martyr [SAINT]

Lactantius

Leo the Great, Pope (c. 395-461) [SAINT] [DOCTOR]

Malchion

Mar Jacob (452-521)

Mathetes

Methodius

Minucius Felix

Moses of Chorene (c. 400-c. 490)

Novatian

Origen

Pamphilus [SAINT]

Papias [SAINT]

Peter of Alexandria [SAINT]

Polycarp [SAINT]

Rufinus

Socrates Scholasticus (c. 379-c. 450)

Sozomen (c. 375-c. 447)

Sulpitius Severus (c. 363-c. 420)

Tatian

Tertullian

Theodoret

Theodotus

Theophilus

Venantius

Victorinus [SAINT]

Vincent of Lérins (d. c. 450) [SAINT]



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