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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, April 8

1378
Bartolomeo Prignano is elected Pope Urban VI. His harsh words to the cardinals as soon as he assumes office leads to rumors that he is insane. His electors will leave Rome and name a rival pope (Clement VII), starting the Great Western Schism.
1546
The Council of Trent adopts Jerome's eleven-hundred-year-old Latin translation of the Bible (the Vulgate) as the only authentic Latin text of the Scriptures although reformers have long complained that Jerome's Latin translation is faulty.
1586
Death in Braunschweig of theologian Martin Chemnitz, known as "The Second Martin" (after Luther) for his efforts to defend conservative Lutheran positions.
1730
Shearith Israel, first Jewish congregation organized in America, consecrated their synagogue in New York City.
1812
Ordination and installation of Nathaniel Taylor as pastor of New Haven's Center Church. He will oversee a growth of four hundred members during several revivals and will also become a prominent New England theologian.
1857
A small group of Dutch immigrants meet in Zeeland, Michigan, to organize the first Christian Reformed Church.
1868
Ordination of George Matheson, blind hymnwriter and pastor of Clydesdale parish of Innellan in Argyllshire, Scotland. He will write "O Love that Will not Let Me Go."
1945
German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the night before he was hanged by the Nazis, said: 'This is the end - - for me the beginning' -- his last recorded words.
2002
Muslims in Kano state, Nigeria, demolish the first of eleven church buildings they will destroy this month to ensure that Christianity does not retain a foothold in the state.
2012
On Easter morning in Kaduna, Nigeria, a car bomb, apparently targeting All Nations Christian Assembly Church, kills dozens of Nigerians in the street outside the place of worship.

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