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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, January 25

1164
Council of Clarendon assembles and King Henry II of England threatens the bishops of the realm with death if they do not yield him more jurisdiction over crimes by clergy. Archbishop Thomas
1366
Death in Ulm, Germany, of Henry Suso, a fanatical ascetic and mystic, who practiced austerities and tortures on himself as penance for twenty-two years. For example, he bound a wooden cross to his back, in which he affixed thirty spikes in memory of Christ's wounds. On this instrument of torture he stretched himself at night for eight years.
1720
Muslims in Constantinople behead Auxentius who has refused to convert to Islam despite being beaten with an iron bar.
1841
The Oxford Movement in England reached its apex with the appearance of John Henry Newman's Tract No. 90. The storm of controversy which ensued brought the series (begun in 1833) to an end. Later, Newman resigned his Anglican parish and in 1845 converted to Roman Catholicism.
1861
Missouri Synod Lutheran founder C.F.W. Walther wrote in a letter: 'The church, as a fellowship...of those who are born again... corresponds to the nature of living Christianity, whereas...the church as a fellowship of the orthodox, whether converted or unconverted, will necessarily lead to a dead Christianity.'
1944
Florence Li Tim-Oi is ordained a priest in Hong Kong by Anglican bishop Ronald Hall, the first woman ordained a priest in the Anglican communion.
1959
Death in South Africa of Walter Lefa Mochochoko, who had been a notable leader in the Anglican Church of South Africa, and then a bishop in the African Church. He had spoken out vigorously against the racism practiced in churches.
1980
Frederick Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, retires. He had been involved in the translation of the New English Bible and was an advocate for the ordination of women.
1986
Death in Toronto of Oswald J. Smith. He had founded the People's Church in Toronto, raised millions of dollars to support missions and written thirty-five books which had been translated into one-hundred-and-twenty-eight languages.
2008
United Christian Women are incorporated into a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to encourage young women to remain strong in faith.

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