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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, February 8

356
Athanasius of Alexandria goes into hiding after escaping five thousand soldiers who burst into his church.
1250
Defeat and captivity of King Louis IX of France, "St. Louis," in a crusade in which he had attacked Egypt.
1529
Revolution breaks out in Basel, Switzerland when a Protestant mob surrounds the town hall, plants cannon, and forces the council to expel the twelve Catholic members, meanwhile destroying church pictures and statues. "We raged against the idols, and the mass died of sorrow," wrote Reformer Oecolampadius.
1576
Puritan parliamentarian Peter Wentworth is sent to the Tower of London for making a rousing defense of freedom of speech.
1587
Beheading of the Catholic prisoner Mary, Queen of Scots, on the orders of the Protestant queen, Elizabeth I of England. Mary was accused of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth.
1693
The College of William and Mary was founded in Williamsburg, Virginia for the purpose of educating Anglican clergyman. After Harvard, it is the second oldest institution of higher learning in America.
1865
Birth of Lewis E. Jones, American YMCA director. Jones was also a writer of hymns, and his most enduring contribution (which he both wrote and composed) was "Power in the Blood."
1883
Death of hymnwriter Mary Stanley Dana Shindler. Her best-known hymn began with the words "Flee as a bird to your mountain, thou who art weary of sin."
1950
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Sin in a Christian makes God seem distant, deaf. In the body, sin saps animation, as cancer. In the soul, sin stifles the affections; as corrosion in the spirit, sin solidifies the attitudes, as a callous.'
2001
Death of Rousas John Rushdoony, a Presbyterian clergyman and theologian known as the "Father of Christian Reconstruction" who had advocated strict implementation of biblical moral law in America.

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