Malankara -Antiochean Connections in 4th Century.
- The Arians took control of the See of Antioch,one Arian Bishop Theophilus consecrated by Eusebius of Nicomedia (Eusebius of Nicomedia was a pupil at Antioch of Lucian the Martyr, in whose famous school he learned his Arian doctrines), the emperor Constantinus II sent him, on a mission to propagate Arianism( G.Fiaccadori, Teofilo Indiano, Raveena,1992, page5-6).In that time Philaclus was the Patriarchate of Antioch. He was a heretic.
Some historians says he was a native of Maldives and the Christians he visited in India were real Indians(NEILL, S., A History of Christianity in India; The Beginnings to A.D. 1707, Cambridge, 1984.page40;BROWN, L.W., The Indian Christians of St.Thomas, An Account of the Ancient Syrian church of Malabar, University Press, Cambridge, 1956.page 66-67)
The main thing is he came to India from Antioch and returned to Antioch(The Ecclesiastical history of Sozomen and Philostorgius,1855,London,page 525.)
If the Bishop Theophilose came to India for propagating Arianism. When Arians took over the Patriarchate, the major people did not accept that heresy. So that time in India Christianity was very strong (See arrival of Joseph of Edessa and Knai Thomman) as well as the Indian Christians under the Patriarchate of Antioch, that's why he visited India.
Rev. Dn. Prince Mannathoor