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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, March 10

673
Saint Agilbert, bishop of Paris, witnesses the charter of Clotilde's Abbey of Bruy
1681
English Quaker William Penn, 26, received a charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of the colonial American territory known today as the state of Pennsylvania.
1747
John Newton, a sailor on a slave ship, is converted to Christianity during a huge storm at sea. He eventually becomes an Anglican clergyman, the author of the famous hymn "Amazing Grace" and a zealous abolitionist. "That 10th of March is a day much to be remembered by me; and I have never allowed it to pass unnoticed since the year 1748. For on that day the Lord came from on high and delivered me out of deep waters."
1748
[O.S.] Slave-ship Captain John Newton, 22, was converted to a saving Christian faith. Newton later became an Anglican clergyman, and (as the author of "Amazing Grace") a greatly respected hymnwriter as well.
1858
Death in New Haven, Connecticut, of Nathaniel Taylor, a prominent New England theologian who had modified the idea of freedom of will as taught by Jonathan Edwards to make it come more into line with experience. His New Haven church had experienced great growth and revival.
1867
Baptism and first Communion of Chuang Ching-feng, a young Taiwanese Christian. At nineteen years of age he will die at the hands of a mob after unwisely trying to force his fifteen-year-old wife to go to church with him.
1879
Death of Paul of Taganrog, who had given up a large inheritance and titles of nobility in order to make pilgrimages and eventually to settle at Taganrog and practice an ascetic lifestyle. He had been greatly admired by the common people who came to him for advice.The Russian Orthodox Church will declare him a saint.
1880
After an eventful voyage during which an engine broke down, Commissioner George Scott Railton, assisted by seven young women, "invades" New York. Their hats are emblazoned with scarlet ribbon and gilt letters, reading "The Salvation Army."
1937
English historian Arnold J. Toynbee wrote: 'In this really very brief period of less than 2,000 years Christianity has, in fact, produced greater spiritual effects in the world than have been produced in a comparable space of time by any other spiritual movement that we know of in history.'
1977
Revival breaks out at Duranmin in Papua, New Guinea, while Diyos, principal of the Sepik Baptist Bible College, addresses a small assembly. Fifty listeners speak in tongues.

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