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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, March 6

766
Death of Chrodegang, an eminent French bishop who had labored to bring the French liturgy into conformity with the Roman Catholic; had promoted Gregorian chant; restored and founded churches, abbeys, and other religious institutions; elevated the standard of learning among the clergy; urged use of the Benedictine Rule by monks; and encouraged Pepin (king of the Franks) to protect Rome.
1629
In Germany, the Edict of Restitution ordered that all church property secularized since 1552 be restored to the Roman Catholic Church.
1642
Pope Urban VIII forbids the reading of Augustinus, a Jansenist book.
1830
The New York Evangelist is founded with the assistance of Charles G. Finney for the express purpose of representing revival interests and will soon command a large circulation.
1883
Death in Oslo of Norwegian editor and hymnwriter, Elevine Heede. Altogether she had written or translated more than two hundred hymns.
1901
Amy Carmichael, serving as a missionary in India, shelters her first temple runaway, a young girl dedicated to the Hindu gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests.
1903
Death at Battle Creek, Michigan, of Uriah Smith, a prominent author, pastor, educator, and editor in the early Seventh-day Adventist Church. He wrote Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation that represents their prophetic views, edited their Review and Herald, and helped found Battle Creek College, where he taught Bible classes. Some of his writings included anti-trinitarian views.
1916
Russians slaughter the Turkish 3rd Army, giving no quarter to the men held responsible for the recent massacre of Armenian Christians.
1933
Death in Massachusetts of Christian educator and hymnwriter Amos R. Wells, editor of Peloubet's Notes for the International Sunday School Lessons and editorial secretary for the United Society of Christian Endeavor.
1984
Death of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, a founder of Germany's Confessing Church and an opponent of the Nazis, who imprisoned him for many years.

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