Today in Christian History
(Probable date) Death on Mount Sinai of John Climacus, an Eastern hermit, author, and abbot. He had authored the popular book Scala Paradisi (The Ladder of Divine Ascent). Twelve centuries later, Danish philosopher-theologian S
Repose (death) of Stephen of Mar Saba, who had been something of a hermit and counseled compassion for nature. The Orthodox Church will recognize him as a saint.
Birth of Moses Maimonides, medieval Jewish scholar. Considered the foremost Talmudist of the Middle Ages, his most important writing was "Guide to the Perplexed" (1190), in which he tried to harmonize Rabbinic Judaism with the increasingly popular Aristotelianism of his day.
The Jews were expelled from Spain by Inquisitor-General Tom's Torquemada (Spanish Inquisition).
The impious Howell Harris changes course, becoming a leading Welsh revivalist.
Vietnamese Emperor Tú Dúc issues a severe edict against Christianity; it orders drowning for European priests, and says Vietnamese priests must be cut in half, even if they agree to trample the cross underfoot.
Dudley Tyng speaks to a noon rally of five thousand in Philadelphia, taking as his text, "Go now ye that are men and serve the Lord." He declares that he would rather lose his right arm than fail to deliver God's message to his listeners. Deeply moved, one thousand men respond to his solemn words. Two weeks later one of his arms is yanked from its socket in an accident, infection will develop, and it will have to be amputated. These measures will not save him and in a few days more he will die. His last words will be "Stand up for Jesus, father, and tell my brethren of the ministry to stand up for Jesus." This dying exhortation will inspire the hymn "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus."
Ownership of Wilberforce University in Ohio was transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The school had been founded seven years earlier by the Methodist Episcopal Church.
All imperial lands, as well as lands belonging to monasteries, were confiscated by the Russian provisional government.
Death in Burbank, California, of Anne S. Murphy, author of the hymn "Constantly Abiding."
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