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Today in Christian History
Pope Vigilius, a virtual prisoner to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, announces to the Western bishops his adhesion to the decisions of the Second Council of Constantinople that he had formerly rejected regarding the errors of the Three Chapters. This is widely seen as a concession to monophysitism.
Robert Drury, a Catholic priest, is hanged, drawn, and quartered in England for refusing to condemn his faith.
Death in Paddington of Roman Catholic theologian Dr. Alexander Geddes who had advanced many of the arguments later used in German higher criticism. For his opinions he had been suspended from priestly duties.
Birth of Johann K.F. Keil, German Bible scholar. His Old Testament commentary, written in collaboration with Franz Delitzsch, first appeared in 1861. Known today as "Keil & Delitzsch," the multi-volume set is still in print!
Ranavalona I, Queen of Madagascar, forbids the newly established Christian faith. In spite of severe persecution that she unleashes, the church will grow tremendously.
Francois Colliard and Christina Macintosh marry in Cape Town. They were supposed to meet in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but through miscommunication she landed at Cape Town. He rode the five-hundred miles pellmell to join her. Both were highly refined people for whom working in the bush of Africa was a deep sacrifice. "Our prayers for the evangelization of the world are but a bitter irony so long as we give only of our abundance, and draw back before the sacrifice of ourselves," he wrote.
Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, a Bengali Brahman attracted to the uniqueness of Christ, receives Christian baptism in Calcutta and will later issue a series of articles attempting to demonstrate Christian theology is compatible with indigenous thought in India.
The Lutheran World Federation's missionary radio station at Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, was dedicated.
Murder of Mahfouz Rashid Bacilious, one of several Christians targeted for killing over a period of a few months in the Egyptian city of Malawy.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"