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Nikephoros refused to submit to the emperor, claiming prior authority over matters of church dogma...
The checkered career of Patriarch Cyril of Jerusalem in the fourth century is an involved and complex study of a man of God caught in a web of intrigue of great magnitude.
Even the enemy came to respect this awesome prelate as he exhorted the populace to continue their work as though the enemies of Christianity did not exist, and his inspirational leadership brought heart to the long-suffering people, who found within themselves the capacity to bear burdens they had never anticipated.
Of the twenty centuries since the birth of Christ, no single century has had crowded into it so many great events as the fourth century, which witnessed a fragmented Christendom of God. Were it not for the efforts of such men, Christianity would not have become the spiritual haven of mankind it is today.
John’s religious leanings and strong faith in Jesus Christ stood him in good stead when he was sorely tested by the tragedy of losing in rapid succession not only his parents, but his wife as well to a disease which spared him.