This is a
period in the history of the Christian Church stretching from late antiquity
through to the thirteenth century. It is so-named because the Fathers or patres
of the church wrote much of the theology in this period.
strictest use, it refers to those teachers who wrote between the end of the
first century and the close of the eighth century. This period is known for
controversies surrounding doctrinal and creedal formulations, the writing of
extensive biblical commentaries and the exposition of the relations between
Christian orthodoxy and the best philosophical thought of the period.
by: Richard P Whaite
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