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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.
Under the influence of the Methodist movement, English clergyman John Fletcher, 26, was converted to a living faith. He remained in the Anglican church but afterward became a chief defender of evangelical Arminianism.
Death in Boston, Massachusetts, of clergyman and educator Phillips Brooks, opponent of slavery and author of "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
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.'
The New Tribes Mission was incorporated in Los Angeles by founder Paul W. Fleming. NTM works today primarily in missionary aviation, Bible translation, church planting and the production and distribution of Christian literature.
Nazis execute Helmuth James von Moltke, having said "the only trouble with you is you are a Christian."
Funeral of Spetume Florence Njangali, a priest in Uganda's Anglican Church. A hard-working woman of great ability, she had struggled long to obtain priestly ordination for women.
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"