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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, April 8

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.
1669
Turkish Muslims on the island of Kos burn to death John Naukliros, accusing him of recanting from Islam. He responds, "I believe with all my soul and heart in my Lord Jesus Christ and I confess him as true God Who will judge all the world, both the living and the dead." He tells his persecutors that he despises Islam and is prepared even to endure torture for the love of Christ.
1730
Shearith Israel, first Jewish congregation organized in America, consecrated their synagogue in New York City.
1839
James Thomson, agent for the Montreal auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society and eleven other Protestants form the French Canadian Missionary Society whose "exclusive object" is "to provide means for preaching and otherwise disseminating the Gospel of Christ among the inhabitants of Canada using the French language."
1857
A small group of Dutch immigrants meet in Zeeland, Michigan, to organize the first Christian Reformed Church.
1883
Newly arrived to America, deaconness Elizabeth Fedde begins a diary. "I came here to New York and was received by my brother-in-law, with whom I have lived for three weeks. During that time I have gone around to become a bit acquainted and have made some house visits and sick calls (ten in all)."
1901
James Chalmers and his associates are clubbed to death and eaten while visiting the Fly River in New Guinea.
1912
The American Theological Society was organized at Union Theological Seminary, in New York, for the purpose of discussing religious, theological and philosophical problems.
1974
Death of Baptist leader and educator George Morling in Sydney, Australia. Morling College will be named for him.

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