The Cappadocian Fathers sit at the head of the table of the long and varied Christian history of Cappadocia. They led in word and deed. Many of the doctrines of the Christian faith like the Trinity were set during the times of these men, and they played a role in their development. When you visit Cappadocia you will see numerous churches and once inhabited communities that owe their genesis to these men.
We feel that an introduction to these historical figures will serve you well as a visitor to the region. With this perspective you can better understand the historical and cultural context of the cave churches and underground cities you will encounter. As you walk around Cappadocia seeing the many cliffside caves, paintings, and monasteries, as you listen to your guide recount the stories, as you ponder Christian doctrines, these readings will give you the background and foundation you need.
These men started monastic communities, served the poor, challenged emperors, influenced the politics of an empire, gave away their fortunes, and led communities. You probably know little about them up to this point. The time has come to change that, and we make it easy for you.
From this page you can explore our writings on each of these figures and the times in which they lived.
Introduction to the Culture and Times of the Cappadocian Fathers
St. Basil of Caesarea (Kayseri)
St. Gregory of Nyssa
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
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