I was wondering at how a church father is defined.Many giants whom we refer as Church fathers had defended the true Apostolic Orthodxy faith against successive heresies.They struggled for the true faith, suffered untold difficulties and passed the the next stage of life truimphantly.They left us their wisdom and written materials for posterity.
Throughout the centuries,there has always been such church fathers who continued to defend the legacy of the Orthodox faith with the same stamina and valour as their forefathers. When we think or speak or qoute Chruch fathers, it mostly refers to those who lived from the beginning of Christianity until the middle ages ( I could be wrong,though). This classification makes me think,at one time in history,the era of the church fathers was over and many others who followed their footsteps at a later time are not mentioned in the same breath. Is this view right? If not, what is the definition or who is worthy to be called a church father ?