Article: Losing the Faith (2/22)
Apologists and Theologians
The writers whose works are the source of our research are known as the Ante-Nicene Fathers. They include the “Apostolic Fathers” and their successors up to the Council of Nicaea (which contributed to the eventual development of “the Trinity” by elevating Christ to the position of a divine being). So we are dealing with the development of the teachings of the apostate Christian church in the second and third centuries, AD 100 to AD 325).
As we progress through these two hundred years we discover that the earlier simplicity of the faith is disappearing; influences of the philosophers and mystery cults are being felt.