Index of Church Fathers on Apologetics Topics


⇩ What is this?

This is a list of the Church Fathers arranged in two ways: doctrines they taught and dates they were active. Each Father has one or more doctrinal tags under his or her name. Those tags are linked to pages that support those doctrines using the writings of that Father. Grouping them like this has a number of useful features: first, if you want to know about a particular Father, you can see what doctrines his or her writings support. Second, this list can help you trace a doctrine's development over the centuries: you can click a doctrinal tag to see how that doctrine was supported in several centuries.

⇩ What's with the dates?

The dating is imperfect for three reasons: first, some writings have dates that haven't been figured out yet. Second, some writings include acts and words of people from an earlier time. Third, the Fathers were almost all active for many years. Also, most of the bolded names and titles have two dates beside them. When they only have one date, that can indicate that there was a single date when that document or Father was published. Where two dates are separated by an Or, that indicates that I'm not sure which date I should assign to it. When two dates are separated by a dash, the first year is not the birth year. It is an imperfect estimation of the year that Father became active. The second date is supposed to be their death year. BTW, I count the era of the Fathers as ending in the 700s A.D., except when I want to include later authors such as Pope St. Nicholas the Great and St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

⇩ Some Fathers on this list need to be researched more.

Some Fathers need to be researched more so that this list can be added to. For example, currently, I think St. John Damascene has too few doctrinal tags under his name. The Fathers who have few doctrinal tags can have their tags increased with further research. I encourage readers to do research to improve this project. Let me know your findings. Also, the tags about Peter, the Pope, and Baptism are currently listed under dozens more Fathers than most other doctrines, such as Purgatory. The low tag numbers can be increased with further research. I encourage readers to let me know if they find more info about them. You can contact me using the email address under my picture in the About Me page. Also: Some individuals on this list are not yet counted as Church Fathers. I've noted most of them in brackets as [Anonymous] authors and [Ecclesiastical Writer]s.

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001 A.D. - 100 A.D.
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St. Thecla of Iconium ~60 - 120 A.D. OR 160 A.D.
The Didache [Anonymous] 70 A.D.
Ascension of Isaiah [Anonymous] 70 A.D.
St. Barnabas 74 A.D. OR 131 A.D.
Hermas of Rome [Ecclesiastical Writer] 80 A.D. OR ~148 A.D.
Odes of Solomon [Anonymous] 80 A.D.
Pope St. Clement I 88 - 99 A.D.
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100 A.D. - 200 A.D.
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St. Ignatius of Antioch 107 A.D.
Hell

The Martyrdom of St. Ignatius 107 A.D.
Honoring the Saints
Relics

Protoevangelium of James [Anonymous] 120 A.D.
St. Papias of Hierapolis ~120 A.D.
Apocalypse of Peter [Anonymous] ~137 A.D.
Abortion

The Passion of St. Symphorosa and Her Seven Sons 138 A.D.
Honoring the Saints
Relics

St. Aristides of Athens ~140 A.D.
St. Justin Martyr ~150 A.D.
Tatian the Syrian [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~150 - ~180 A.D.
St. Frontonius of Egypt ~150 A.D.
Martyrdom of St. Polycarp [Anonymous] 155 A.D.
St. Polycarp of Smyrna ~155 A.D.
Mathetes [Ecclesiastical Writer] 160 A.D.
Thundering Legion ~160 A.D.
Pope St. Soter [Maybe - Possible Author of Second Clement] ~167 - 174 A.D.
St. Dionysius of Corinth 170 A.D.
St. Irenaeus of Lyons ~170 - 180 A.D.
Martyrs of Lyons 175 A.D.
Athenagoras of Athens [Ecclesiastical Writer] 177 A.D.
Muratorian Canon [Anonymous] 177 A.D.
The Name "Catholic"

Acts of the Martyrdom of St. Epipodius and St. Alexander 178 A.D.
Honoring the Saints
Relics

Donata ??? - 180 A.D.
Church and State

St. Melito of Sardis ~180 A.D.
St. Hegesippus ~180 A.D.
Apostolic Succession
Pilgrimages

Pantaenus ~180 - ~200 A.D.
Pilgrimages

St. Clement of Alexandria ~180 - 215 A.D.
St. Theophilus of Antioch ~181 A.D.
Pope St. Victor I ~189 - ~199 A.D.
Abercius [Ecclesiastical Writer] 190 A.D.
Polycrates of Ephesus [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~194 A.D.
Gaius [Ecclesiastical Writer] 198 A.D.
Tertullian [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~198 - 240 A.D.
St. Hippolytus of Rome ~200 - ~235 A.D.
The Antichrist

St. Alexander of Jerusalem [aka of Cappadocia] ??? - 251 A.D.
Pilgrimages

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200 A.D. - 300 A.D.
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Transitus Mariae [Anonymous] ~200s A.D.
St. Perpetua of Carthage 202 A.D.
Origen of Alexandria [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~203 - ~254 A.D.
Little Labyrinth [Anonymous] 211 A.D.
Julius Africanus [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~215 - ~240 A.D.
Just War

Pope St. Callixtus I ~218 - ~223 A.D.
Pseudo-Clement [Ecclesiastical Writer] 221 A.D.
Julia Mamaea 222 A.D.
Women's Equality

Zosimus [Ecclesiastical Writer] 225 A.D.
Religious Orders, Monks and Nuns

Didascalia [Anonymous] 225 A.D.
Minucius Felix [Ecclesiastical Writer] 226 A.D.
Novatian of Rome [Ecclesiastical Writer] 235 A.D.
St. Cyprian of Carthage ~249 - 258 A.D.
The Antichrist

Deacon Pontius of Carthage ~259 A.D.
Honoring the Saints
Relics

Liturgy of St. Mark
Religious Orders, Monks and Nuns

Pionius [Ecclesiastical Writer] 250 A.D.
Acts of Xantippe and Polyxena [Anonymous] 250 A.D.
St. Paul of Thebes ~250 A.D.
Commodianus [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~250 A.D.
Pope St. Cornelius I 251 - 253 A.D.
St. Firmilian of Caesarea 253 A.D.
St. Gregory the Wonderworker ~253 - ~270 A.D.
Pope St. Stephen I 254 - 257 A.D.
Seventh Council of Carthage 256 A.D.
Pope St. Dionysius 259 - 268 A.D.
Poem Against the Marcionites [by Pseudo-Tertullian] 267 A.D.
St. Anthony the Great of Egypt ~269 - 356 A.D.
St. Victorinus of Pettau ~270 - ~304 A.D.
St. Helen of Constantinople ~270 - ~330 A.D.
St. Archelaus ~277 A.D.
St. Anatolius of Alexandria ~280 A.D.
Theban Legion 286 A.D.
Just War

St. Maurice ??? - 287 A.D.
Church and State

Hosius of Cordoba [Ecclesiastical Writer] 295 - 359 A.D.
Church and State

St. Peter of Alexandria 300 - 311 A.D.
Council of Elvira 300 A.D.
Pseudo-Melito [Ecclesiastical Writer] 300 A.D.
Mary, Full of Grace

Martyrdom of Shamuna, Guria, and Habib [Anonymous] 300 A.D.
Religious Orders, Monks and Nuns
Honoring the Saints
Relics

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300 A.D. - 400 A.D.
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Adamantius [Ecclesiastical Writer] - ~300 A.D.
Just War

Olympius of Spain [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~300s?
Reticius of Autun [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~300s A.D.?
Arnobius of Sicca [Ecclesiastical Writer] 305 A.D.
Constantine the Great ~311 - 337 A.D.
St. Methodius of Olympus ~311 A.D.
Edict of Milan [by Constantine the Great] 313 A.D.
Lactantius of Africa [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~313 - 325 A.D.
Council of Ancyra 314 A.D.
Council of Arles 314 A.D.
Eusebius of Caesarea [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~314 - 340 A.D.
First Ecumenical Council 325 A.D.
St. Alexander of Alexandria 326 A.D.

The Pilgrim of Bordeaux [Ecclesiastical Writer] 333 - 334 A.D.
Pilgrimages

Pope St. Julius I 337 - 352 A.D.
Aphraahat [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~340 A.D.
St. Nina of Georgia ~340 A.D.
Council of Sardica 342 A.D.
Firmicus Maternus [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~344 A.D.
Serapion [Ecclesiastical Writer] 350 A.D.
Pseudo-Ignatius [Ecclesiastical Writer] 350 A.D.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~350 A.D.
St. Hilary of Poitiers ~353 - ~367 A.D.
Hegemonius of Chalcedon [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~355 A.D.
St. Basil the Great of Cappadocia 358 - 379 A.D.
Apostles' Creed ~360 A.D.
St. Gregory Nazianzen ~361 - 390 A.D.
Council of Laodicea 362 A.D.
St. Didymus the Blind of Alexandria ~362 A.D.
St. Ephraim the Syrian ~363 - 373 A.D.
St. Pacian of Barcelona 365 - 391 A.D.
Pope St. Damasus I 366 - 384 A.D.
St. Optatus of Milevus ~369 - ~391 A.D.
St. Gregory of Nyssa ~372 - 395 A.D.
Liturgy of St. Basil 373 A.D.
St. Jerome ~373 - 420 A.D.
Reward and Merit

St. Mary of Egypt ~373 - 421 A.D.
Pilgrimages

St. Ambrose of Milan 374 - 397 A.D.
St. Epiphanius of Salamis 374 A.D.
Pectorius [Ecclesiastical Writer] 375 A.D.
Intercession of the Saints

Emperor Valentinian II 375 A.D.
Church and State

Ambrosiaster [Anonymous] ~375 A.D.
Second Ecumenical Council 381 A.D.
Evagrius of Pontus [Ecclesiastical Writer] 381 A.D.
Council of Rome 382 A.D.
Pope St. Siricius I 384 - 399 A.D.
Mary, Ever Virgin

Egeria of Galicia [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~385 A.D.
Pilgrimages

St. John Chrysostom of Constantinople ~386 - 407 A.D.
St. Augustine of Hippo 387 - 430 A.D.
Synod of Ambrose 389 A.D.
Theodore of Mopsuestia [Ecclesiastical Writer] 392 - 428 A.D.
Council of Hippo 393 A.D.
Third Council of Carthage ~397 A.D.
Apostolic Constitutions [Anonymous] ~400 A.D.
Athanasian Creed ~400 A.D.
John the Theologian [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~400 A.D.
Timothy of Jerusalem [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~400 A.D.
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400 A.D. - 500 A.D.
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Pope St. Innocent I 401 - 417 A.D.
Fifth Council of Carthage 401 A.D.
St. Cyril of Alexandria 412 - ~444 A.D.
St. Pulcheria of Constantinople 414 - 453 A.D.
Second Council of Mileum 416 A.D.
African Code 419 A.D.
Pope St. Celestine I 422 - 432 A.D.
Theodoret of Cyr [Ecclesiastical Writer] 423 - 457 A.D.
Leporius [Ecclesiastical Writer] 426 A.D.
St. John Cassian ~429 A.D.
St. Prosper of Aquitaine ~429 - ~455 A.D.
Salvian [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~430 A.D.?
Third Ecumenical Council 431 A.D.
St. Peter Chrysologus of Ravenna 433 - 450 A.D.
St. Vincent of Lerins ~434 A.D.
St. Patrick of Ireland ~435 - 461 A.D.
St. Sechnall of Ireland aka Secundinus ~439 -~448 A.D.
Pope St. Leo the Great 440 - 461 A.D.
Sozomen [Ecclesiastical Writer] 444 A.D.
Third Council of Toledo 447 OR 589 A.D.
Fourth Ecumenical Council - 451 A.D.
St. Genevieve of Paris ~451 - ~512 A.D.
Pope St. Felix III 483 - 492 A.D.
Popes Deposing Faraway Bishops

Pope St. Gelasius I 492 - 496 A.D.
Church and State

Pope St. Symmachus 498 - 514 A.D.
Church and State

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500 A.D. - 600 A.D.
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St. Caesarius of Arles ~502 - ~542 A.D.
Women's Equality

St. Boethius ~505 - 524 A.D.
Musical Instruments

Cassiodorus [Ecclesiastical Writer] ~507 - ~585 A.D.
Musical Instruments

St. Fulgentius of Ruspe aka Fulgence ~515 - 533 A.D.
Second Council of Orange 529 A.D.
Reward and Merit

Ferrandus the Deacon [Ecclesiastical Writer]
Just War

St. Scholastica 543 A.D.
St. Senan 544 A.D.
Fifth Ecumenical Council 553 A.D.
St. Ita of Ireland ~570 A.D.
St. Gregory of Tours ~573 - 594 A.D.
St. Clotilda of France ~575 A.D.
Pope St. Gregory the Great 590 - 604 A.D.
St. Cummian of Ireland ~591 - ~662 A.D.
King Ethelbert of England 597 A.D.
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600 A.D. - 700 A.D.
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St. Isidore of Seville ~601 - 636 A.D.
Baudonivia [Ecclesiastical Writer] 602 A.D.
Fourth Council of Toledo 633 A.D.
St. Maximus the Confessor ~638 - 662 A.D.
St. Adamnan of Ireland ~640 - 704 A.D.
Pope St. Theodore I 642 - 649 A.D.
King St. Sigebert III 650 A.D.
St. Hilda of Whitby ~657 - 680 A.D.
St. Theodore of Tarsus 669 - 690 A.D.
Pope St. Agatho 678 - 681 A.D.
Queen St. Balthild of France ~680 A.D.
Sixth Ecumenical Council 681 A.D.
St. Bede the Venerable 692 - 735 A.D.
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700 A.D. - 800 A.D.
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Pope John VI 701 - 705 A.D.
Popes Deposing Faraway Bishops

Pope St. Gregory II 715 - 731 A.D.
Church and State

St. John Damascene ~726 - 749 A.D.
St. Egbert of York ~740 A.D.
Indulgences

Charlemagne 768 - 814 A.D.
Church and State

Pope St. Adrian I 772 - 795 A.D.
St. Alcuin of York ~782 A.D.
St. Leoba ~782 A.D.
Seventh Ecumenical Council 787 A.D.