Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, February 9

1555
Bishop John Hooper (deprived of his see at Gloucester), and Dr. Rowland Taylor are burned at the stake as Protestant heretics in the reign of Mary Tudor.
1619
Authorites in Toulouse, France, cut out Lucilio “Giulio Cesare” Vanini's tongue, then strangle and burn him as an atheist and libertine. He had promulgated pantheistic views and addressed nature as a goddess.
1819
Birth of William True Sleeper, New England Congregational clergyman and author of the hymns "Jesus, I Come" and "Ye Must Be Born Again."
1839
Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'In spiritual things, this world is all wintertime so long as the Savior is away.'
1849
After the success of Mazzini and his followers and the flight of Pius IX from Rome, an Italian assembly declares the temporal power of the pope abolished.
1881
Death of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who often included Christian characters and themes in his writing.
1930
American pioneer linguist and missionary Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'The sense of being led by an unseen hand which takes mine, while another hand reaches ahead and prepares the way, grows upon me daily.'
1943
Alexander Solzhenitsyn is arrested at the German front and charged with conspiracy to overthrow Stalin's government because of a letter he had written a friend criticizing the Communist leader's actions. He will be sent to the Gulag where he will find faith.
1949
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1958
Dave Wilkerson, a pastor in Pennsylvania, decides to sell his TV and pray two hours a night. He goes on to do a notable work among the gangs of New York City.

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