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 Father of the People.Fathers of the Greek Church. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fathers of the Church.
The early advocates of Christianity, who may be thus classified:—   1
   (1) Five apostolic fathers, who were contemporary with the apostles—viz. Clement of Rome, Bar’nabas, Hermas, Igna’tius, and Pol’ycarp.   2
   (2) The primitive fathers. Those advocates of Christianity who lived in the first three centuries. They consisted of the five apostolic fathers (q.v.), together with the nine following:—Justin, Theoph’ilus of Antioch, Irenæus, Clement of Alexandria, Cyp’rian of Carthage, Or’igen, Gregory Thaumatur’gus, Dionysius of Alexandria, and Tertullian.   3
   (3) The fathers, or those of the fourth and fifth century, who were of two groups, those of the Greek and those of the Latin Church. (See below.)   4

 Father of the People.Fathers of the Greek Church. 


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