Who was the early fathers, the character of Christianity and the character of the early Christians?
Who was the early fathers, the character of Christianity and the character of the early Christians in the christian church?
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This question is too broad to answer even in a book. So, let me offer a broad outline.
First, the fathers of the church roughly can be broken down into two geographic areas - the West and the East. The West were Latin speaking and the East were Greek speaking. The main center of the West was Rome and the main center for the East was in Asia Minor - Now modern day Turkey.
Second, from a chronological point of view, the fathers of the church can be broken down as pre or post Nicene council, which took place in 325. Some of the famous pre-Nicene fathers are: Clement of Rome and Alexandria, Polycarp, Origen, Tatian, to name a few. Some of the famous post-Nicene fathers are: Augustine, Chrysostom, Jerome, to name a few.
Third, we cannot make generalization about these people, as they were so different. But we can probably say that they loved the church and were all very scholarly.
Four, the character of Christianity at this time was for the most part filled with controversies, as can be seen from the letters and writing of the church fathers. It was a time of defining what was orthodox and heterodox.
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