doctors of the Church

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A title regularly given since the Middle Ages to certain Christian theologians of outstanding merit and acknowledged saintliness. Sts Gregory the Great, Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome were originally held to be the ‘four doctors’ par excellence; the list has been increased to over 30.

Subjects: Religion — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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