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Today in Christian History
Athanasius of Alexandria goes into hiding after escaping five thousand soldiers who burst into his church.
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.
Puritan parliamentarian Peter Wentworth is sent to the Tower of London for making a rousing defense of freedom of speech.
Colonial missionary to the American Indians, David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'I find that both mind and body are quickly tired with intenseness and fervor in the things of God. Oh that I could be as incessant as angels in devotion and spiritual fervor.'
Philip Quaque, an Anglican priest serving on the Gold Coast, writes an account of an uprising of slaves on a Dutch ship, and commiserates his fellow Africans on their cruel treatment by slavers.
Death of Alexander Haldane, 83. In 1797 he founded the Society for Propagating the Gospel at Home, after discovering that the Church of Scotland was as little interested in home missions as it was in foreign missions.
Confirmation in the Anglican Church of Hamu Lujonza Kaddu Mukasa. After Muslims take control of Uganda, he will lead a strong military counter-attack and win political control of the nation for Christians. As a trustee of the national church, he will advocate a policy of self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation.
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.'
Death in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, of Harold John Ockenga, neo-evangelical leader.
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.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"