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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, April 28

1521
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man's reason.'
1721
In England an order in council is issued, denouncing "Hell Fire" societies whose members allegedly held meetings to ridicule religion and offer blasphemous toasts.
1862
Death of George Washington Bethune, hymn translator, Reformed church pastor, while preaching in Florence, Italy. He will be buried in September and his hymn "It Is Not Death to Die" will be sung at his funeral.
1874
Birth of Susan Strachan, missions pioneer. Working together with her husband Harry Strachan, in 1921 she helped found the Latin America Mission in Stony Point, NY.
1911
Thousands of Genevans demonstrate for five hours against a religiously inspired ban on gambling. A shocked Karl Barth is appalled at their mindless slogans and comes out in support of the ban.
1916
Death in New York City of Congregationalist clergymen and social gospel advocate Josiah Strong, who had sought to apply Protestant ideals to social problems. He had been a strong advocate of missions, believing that only redemption through Christ could change people's behavior. His most influential book had been Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis.
1939
Soviets arrest Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova, daughter of a priest, on grounds that she leads a counter-revolutionary church cell in Stalinabad. She will be imprisoned and eventually shot for counter-revolutionary activity, dissemination of Christian teaching among prisoners, and refusal to work for the atheist regime.
1955
Christian Missionary Alliance pilot Albert Lewis crashes his flying boat in a pass leading into Netherlands New Guinea's Baliem Valley (now in Irian Jarat). Before his untimely death, ten thousand souls had been brought to Christ in part because of his supporting ministry.
1960
The 100th General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS) passed a resolution declaring that sexual relations within marriage -- without the intention of procreation -- were not sinful.
1973
Death at Toulouse of Jacques Maritain, a leading neo-Thomist philosopher.

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