Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, April 2

307
Theodosia of Tyre, having commended Christians who are in chains for their faith in the market place, is seized and tortured. When she refuses to recant, she is thrown into the sea.
1139
Pope Innocent II opens the Second Lateran Council. It will deal with abuses in the church and condemn Peter of Bruys and Arnold of Brescia.
1582
John Payne, a Catholic, is hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, England, allegedly for treason to Queen Elizabeth. A sympathetic crowd ensures he is completely dead before they allow the drawing and quartering to proceed.
1739
At Kingswood, England, Wesley first preaches in the open air to miners, a decisive step that frees him from dependence upon the favor of Church of England clergy for access to pulpits, but which requires him to swallow his pride.
1767
A sealed letter from Charles III of Spain is opened by authorities throughout Spain and the next morning every Jesuit in the realm is arrested, placed aboard ship, and expelled from the country.
1844
Death of Radhanath Das, a well-educated Hindu convert to Christianity, who became an educator in Christian schools, a catechist in homes, a peacemaker among Christians and Hindus, a tract writer, and an evangelist. His death is the result of tending boys with smallpox.
1866
Forced into exile from his station in the Orange Free State by Boers, pioneer missionary Fran
1952
Death in New York of Samuel Zwemer, who had been a notable missionary to Muslims.
1955
British apologist C. S. Lewis wrote in "Letters to an American Lady": 'Fear is horrid, but there's no reason to be ashamed of it. Our Lord was afraid (dreadfully so) in Gethsemane. I always cling to that as a very comforting fact.'
1978
Episcopal Canon Mary Simpson of New York speaks from the pulpit of Westminster Abbey in London, the first ordained woman to preach there.

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