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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, January 13

533
Death of St. Remigius, apostle of France and the first bishop of Reims. In one of the most famous incidents of his life, he had baptized King Clovis of France on Christmas day, 496.
1547
The Council of Trent debates the doctrine of justification and anathematizes the fundamental doctrines of the Lutheran Reformation.
1599
Death in London, England, of Sir Edmund Spenser, English poet who authored The Faerie Queene.
1635
Birth of Philip Jacob Spener, founder of German pietism. The name for the Bible studies (called "collegia pietatis") held in his home came to be associated with his followers, who were afterward called Pietists.
1691
Death in London, England, of George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers.
1855
Death in Wynberg, South Africa, of John Scudder, Dutch Reformed missionary to Ceylon and India. He was the father of the famed medical missionary, Ida Scudder.
1873
Death at Mortlake, Surrey, England, of Anglican clergyman and missionary statesman Henry Venn.
1888
Charles Spurgeon is censured by the Baptist Union because of his stand in the Down-Grade Controversy and his refusal to provide names and supporting evidence against other Baptist ministers.
1889
The first three Lutheran deaconesses in America are consecrated at the Philadelphia motherhouse.
1919
Death in Miami, Florida, of hymnwriter Margaret Jenkins Harris who had written the popular hymns "He Took My Sins Away," "I Will Praise Him," and "I've Pitched My Tent in Beulah."

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