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a. A male whose sperm unites with an egg, producing an embryo.
b. A male whose impregnation of a female results in the birth of a child.
c. A man who adopts a child.
d. A man who raises a child.
2. A male parent of an animal.
3. A male ancestor: He has died and now sleeps with his fathers.
a. A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.
b. A man who serves or is thought of as a protector: beloved as the father of the nation.
5. Father Christianity
a. God.
b. The first person of the Christian Trinity.
a. An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.
b. One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.
c. or Father A church father.
d. A member of the senate in ancient Rome.
7. Abbr. Fr.
a. A priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches.
b. Used as a title and form of address with or without the clergyman's name.
v. fa·thered, fa·thering, fa·thers
a. To provide the sperm that unites with an egg to produce (an embryo, fetus, or child).
b. To act or serve as a father to (a child).
2. To create, found, or originate: father a political movement.
3. To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of: "[Swift's] ideas about the education of the young are fathered on to the Lilliputians" (George Orwell).
To act or serve as a father.
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Social medicine The biological and/or rearing male figure in a family unit. See Secondary father.
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Q. What is the risk of biabetes if my father got it? My father was recently diagnosed at the age of 55 as having Type 2 Diabetes. Do I have a greater risk of developing diabetes also?

A. Indeed, as a first degree relative of a diabetic patient you have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the average person. The risk of developing diabetes depends on many factors, both genetic and non-genetic (nutrition, weight and exercise). The risk also depends on other relevant conditions you may have (for example hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or lipid levels).
It should be mentioned, that even for an individual whose parents both have type 2 diabetes, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes isn’t 100% but rather less than 50%.

Q. My father is depressed after his retirement. My father is depressed after his retirement. My mom is depressed due to my sister’s divorce. My sister is depressed because of her husband’s irresponsibility. Her child is depressed of its parents. I am depressed because of all these. What is this Great Depression all about? Any answer?

A. hello friend....sometimes you have deal with the hard times without loosing it,or getting depressed...things happen in life..that we may not like all the time...you have to learn to accept them..and move on...people lose their jobs...people lose their homes...and people leave each other all the time...YOU..have to be strong..and get on with your life....HERES a question for you...think about what the world wwould be like if every time something happened to..a person that they didnt like...they all got depressed......??????

Q. Hello ! my name is Joe and i am a father to an Autistic child .. my son is 5 years old , and recently he has been diagnosed with a slight autistic behavior .. nothing serious according to the doctors .. but i am afraid it will effect his life later on .. i always knew he is a little special and that he his a little different than the other children at the garden ... but know getting a label on it " Autistic" make me feel .. i don't know .. a little afraid and blur in the meaning of what does it mean ... i am here because i was hoping maybe to get an advice or any thing else that would be helpful for me to realize and lern the new "discover" and the unknown label of being "autistic" , do i need to supply different things and attention to my child ? does he need to go and learn in a special school ? how do i treat it by medical terms and treatment ? lots of questions and i have no answers by now .. hope i'll get what i am looking for here .... Thanks any way ...

A. Joe, you seemed confused. i hope you understand that it's O.K to be confused, no one was born with the innate ability to cope with all of this. you have a great amount of questions about being a father to an autistic child, i suggest using the help of "Autism Society of America" which is an organization full of wonderful people who are here to help. here is a link to their site:

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A cautionary tale emerges for the users of this valuable new catalogue of early MSS of the Church Fathers and the riches it offers.
In the antidotus, (45) he begins his consideration of Jerome's depiction of marriage by taking the Church Father at his word.
They did not need to hear it from the Church fathers to understand that Italy would be a very different place should the Communists seize power at the dawn of the republican era.
He is more successful at critiquing Christian attempts at theological reinterpretations than he is at offering a perspective that would allow contemporary believers to offer a theology that is rid of the multiple sins of Christian Antisemitism: the accusation of deicide and the denial of Jesus as the Christ, supersessionist views that allow no authentic religious space for the continuation of the Jewish people, the anti-Judaism of the church Fathers, and the strong Antisemitism of some of its great teachers.
Erich Auerbach has noted the links between allegory and prophecy in scripture, both looking through signs for other meanings; for Auerbach, though, prophecy differed from allegory in its insistence on grounding its interpretations in "literal truth" (of the early Church Fathers "refused to consider the Old Testament as mere allegory," insisting that "it had real, literal meaning throughout"|20~).
In the Bible and Apocrypha, the Devil is variously referred to as Satan, Asmodeus, Beelzebub, Samael, and, according to the Church Fathers, as Lucifer.
We Were All Adam: The Unity of Mankind in Adam and the Teaching of the Church Fathers
In "Living Wisely with the Church Fathers", Christopher Hall (Director of Renovare Institute of Christian Spiritual Formation, and the Associate Editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) takes us to this distant time, where he interviews Christian leaders around the ancient Mediterranean world, inquiring how to live a good life as a Christ follower.
Eusebius (260-340), Bishop of Caesarea, one of the most important Church Fathers of late antiquity, has enjoyed and endured a roller-coaster reputation down the ages for both veracity and style.
The importance of baptism inclined church fathers to see foreshadowings of it in any and every mention of water in the Old Testament or New, from Genesis 1 to Noah's ark to Jacob's well, even to the ax head that swam in the story of Elisha.
The hierarchy perpetuates its own interpretation of the church fathers in defense of these aforementioned.
Wilken begins each section with a chapter of Isaiah from the New English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS), a summary of Christian interpretations of that chapter, followed by 13 to 25 translated interpretations from the NT and 57 church fathers (165 CE to 1225 CE).