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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, May 4

1256
Pope Alexander IV establishes the Roman Catholic religious order of Augustines by the bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae. The order will extend the influence of the church, propagate the faith, and advance learning.
1493
Pope Alexander VI issues a line of demarcation dividing the New World between Portugal and Spain.
1677
Death of Isaac Barrow, an eminent English divine, educator, mathematician, and classics scholar, whose sermons will be reprinted for two hundred years. He will, however, be most remembered by later generations for his influence on Isaac Newton.
1746
The Moravians in Pennsylvania established the Moravian Women's Seminary at Bethlehem. It was the first educational institution of its kind established by the "Unitas Fratrum" in (colonial) America.
1784
Birth of Carl G. Glaser, German music teacher. Of his many choral pieces, Glaser is primarily remembered today for his hymn tune AZMON, to which the Church today sings: "O For a Thousand Tongues."
1814
Death of Methodist superintendant Thomas Coke while leading a group of missionaries to India.
1876
Death in San Francisco of Lutheran frontier evangelist and pastor Friedrich Konrad Dietrich Wyneken, who had worked primarily around Fort Wayne, Indiana. He had been instrumental in attracting many Lutheran pastors from Germany to America and in setting the evangelical tone of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church.
1888
Rufus Wilder Miller, of the Reformed Church, organizes a Bible study and prayer group called the Brotherhood of Andrew and Philip at Reading, Pennsylvania. Loosely based on a Scottish organization that had inspired Miller, it soon will multiply chapters across denominational lines, becoming a trailblazer in such interdenominational activity.
1898
Many people gather to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Michael Augustine Corrigan's episcopal consecration. Laymen, priests, and prominent Catholics will testify to the virtues of this Archbishop of New York.
1938
Under arduous wartime conditions, Mei Yiqi, a Christian educator, becomes president of a makeshift university at Kunming, organized in exile out of three refugee universities' faculties.

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