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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, April 28

1220
Work on Salisbury Cathedral begins under the auspices of Bishop Richard Poore.
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.'
1550
Death of Georg von Polentz. He had been the first Reformation bishop of Samland and Pomesania, a region in Prussia.
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.
1839
Birth of Vernon J. Charlesworth, English clergyman and headmaster at Charles Spurgeon's Stockwell Orphanage. Today, Charlesworth is remembered as author of the hymn, "A Shelter in the Time of Storm."
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.
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.
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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