St. Basil the Great

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n (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)

Synonyms:
Basil, Basil of Caesarea, Basil the Great, St. Basil
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Church Father, Father, Father of the Church
(Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
Doctor, Doctor of the Church
(Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching
saint
a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization
theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer
someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology

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