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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, January 2

303
According to tradition, Roman Emperor Diocletian orders a slaughter of Christians at an English town which, because of the event, becomes known as Lichfield, "field of corpses."
1492
The Moors surrender Granada to their Catholic majesties Ferdinand and Isabella.
1792
Death in Canterbury, Kent, England, of Edward Perronet who had written the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
1849
Seventeen-year old John Norton Loughborough gives his first public talk. Filled with certainty Christ will soon return, he has rented a church in upper New York to lecture on the subject. Eventually he will become an influential leader of the Seventh-day Adventists.
1883
Death in Philadelphia of Charles Porterfield Krauth. A Lutheran pastor, editor, and educator, he had spent his life promoting conservative Lutheran theology and a literal reading of the Augsburg Confession.
1905
Sergius Georgievich Golubyatnikov, known as "Seraphim," is consecrated Bishop of Mozhaisk. While serving in a later post at Ekaterinburg and Irbit he will condemn the Bolsheviks' February revolution, for which he will be sent to the Novospassky monastery in Moscow, becoming its first prisoner when it is turned into a prison. There he will be shot.
1909
Ordination of Aimee and Robert Semple by Chicago evangelist William H. Durham. Aimee will marry Harold McPherson after Robert's death, becoming the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and one of America's most popular and controversial preachers of the early twentieth century.
1961
Sri Lanka's Parliament nationalizes the island's church schools, most of them Roman Catholic.
1968
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.'
1971
A team of Israeli scholars announced the discovery in Jerusalem of a 2,000-year-old skeleton of a crucified male. Found in a cave-tomb, it was the first direct physical evidence of the well-documented Roman method of execution.

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