I propose that the tag synonym apostolic-fathers currently linked to church-fathers be removed for these reasons:

  1. Apostolic Fathers is a special group, having known the apostles personally, and therefore for sola scriptura proponents their writings would have more weight than the others.
  2. Within the academia, more books are published specifically about Apostolic Fathers such as:
  3. There are plenty enough questions tagged church-fathers (currently 186)

I can write the tag wiki on it, which will be based on commonly accepted definition, to include the writings of 3 known figures (Ignatius of Antioch, Clement of Rome, Polycarp of Smyrna) as well as Didache, Shepherd of Hermas, Epistle of Barnabas, etc. listed in the wikipedia article. Once that done, we can re-tag existing questions.

I just posted 2 questions which can use the new tag: this and this.

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    As it stands now, the description of "apostolic-fathers" says it covers people up to the 7th century, which is definitely wrong. So yes, make it a real tag with a correct definition. May 28, 2020 at 0:50
  • @RayButterworth I'd like to, but I need to break it off the synonym first, but I may not have the privilege to do so. May 28, 2020 at 1:47
  • I removed the tag synonym.
    – Peter Turner Mod
    May 28, 2020 at 19:25

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I think that's an OK idea. I'd prefer end with St. Augustine and have one tag, not linger until 700 just to squeeze in a few more Saints.

If we do this, I'd suggest, if possible, to keep and on questions you retag.

SEO vs Academia and professionalism is a delicate balance, but I think these Saints can be both Church-Fathers and Apostolic-Fathers.

I removed the Tag Synonym, go nuts (little by little, please)

Speaking of patriarchs, could we fix up the "" vs "" tags.

  • Yeah I'd agree the apostolic fathers are a subset of the church fathers, so using both tags is appropriate. But I think the church fathers tag should include those up to around 700AD, that seems conventional (see Wikipedia, newadvent.org etc).
    – curiousdannii Mod
    May 28, 2020 at 7:00
  • CC @curiousdannii Yes I will keep both. But can either of you broke the synonym so both tags exist independently? I cannot seem to do it myself, or maybe I don't have the privilege. May 28, 2020 at 17:51
  • Thst requires a mod.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    May 28, 2020 at 22:24

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