Today in Christian History
The Council of Trent debates the doctrine of justification and anathematizes the fundamental doctrines of the Lutheran Reformation.
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.
Death at Mortlake, Surrey, England, of Anglican clergyman and missionary statesman Henry Venn.
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.
The first three Lutheran deaconesses in America are consecrated at the Philadelphia motherhouse.
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."
Soviets arrest Orthodox priest Artemius Grigoryevich Zuyev in Taldy-Kurgan province and sentence him to death for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation.
Baptist clergyman B.B. McKinney, 50, wrote the words and tune to the gospel song, "Wherever He Leads, I'll Go," a few days before the opening of a Sunday School convention in Alabama.
Pope Paul VI nominates Karol Wojtyla to be Archbishop of Cracow. In 1978 Wojtyla will become Pope John Paul II.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"