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Today in Christian History
The Union of Utrecht joins several Dutch states against oppressive Spain.
The Moscow Patriarchate is created, making the Russian Church autocephalous, that is, subject to no higher bishop. However, there are some details regarding precedence and signatures that will not be ironed out for about four years. In practice, the Russian church had been independent for one hundred and forty years before the Orthodox Church of Constantinople formally recognizes the de facto situation.
Blaise Pascal publishes his first Provinical Letter, weighing in on the French controvery between Jansenists and Roman Catholics.
Charles Perry arrives in Australia and will become the first Anglican bishop of Melbourne.
Death of Julius Hare, archdeacon of Lewes, one of Queen Victoria's chaplains and the author of several influential theological and polemical works, including Vindication of Luther against his Recent English Assailants (1854).
In an early example of parachurch activity, representatives of a number of Protestant men's movements meet in Chicago to federate in a loose coalition for mutual information and for co-operation. Among the participating organizations are the Young Men's Christian Association and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, as well as Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Congregational brotherhoods.
British biblical expositor Arthur W. Pink wrote in a letter: 'Growth in grace is like the growth of a cow's tail - the more it truly grows, the closer to the ground it is brought.'
Nazis execute Helmuth James von Moltke, having said "the only trouble with you is you are a Christian."
Polish Communists take over the offices of Caritas, a Roman Catholic humanitarian agency, hoping to reduce the influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
Hindu extremists burn to death Australian missionary Graham Staine and his two sons in their jeep, forcing them back into the burning vehicle when they try to escape the flames.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"