St. Basil was Bishop of Caesarea (an area now in eastern Turkey) in the fourth century and is one of the foremost Doctors of the Church, who along with St. Athanasius, is noted as an outstanding defender of Christian orthodoxy during the Arian heresy – a heresy which, among its other errors, denied the Divine Nature of Christ. St. Basil was the son of St. Basil the Elder and Emmelia, the daughter of a Christian martyr, and was one of ten children, three of whom became saints – Basil, Macrina and Gregory. Basil, along with his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa and his friend St. Gregory of Naziansus, have been called the “Cappadocian Fathers” – renowned in Church history for their distinguished work and lives of holiness.
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