Chewing on the things that really matter in life
Throughout history the heretics lost out to the orthodox because “The winners write history”.Over the years, numerous Christian scholars and preachers have disagreed with the Church on various issues or doctrines. When the Church has become aware of these beliefs, they have been condemned as heretical. Historically, this often happened when the belief challenged, or was seen to challenge, Church authority, or drew a movement of followers who challenged the established order socially.For entirely nonreligious reasons, some influential people have had an interest solely in maintaining the status quo or condemning a group they wished to be removed.
I think John was claustrophobic.