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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, May 22

337
Death of Constantine, the first Roman emperor to consider himself a Christian. He had issued an edict officially tolerating Christianity and summoned the Council of Nicea to settle the Arian dispute over the nature of Christ.
352
Liberius, widely regarded as a heretic, is ordained Bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope).
359
Semi-Arians meet hoping to produce a creed to supercede the Nicene creed. Their product is called the "Dated" creed.
1377
Pope Gregory XI issues a bull against John Wycliffe.
1690
Death of Johann Schutz, a lawyer in high standing on Frankfort's town council. A friend of Philip Spener, Schutz had cheered him on as he spearheaded the Lutheran renewal movement that became known as Pietism. Schutz authored the hymn "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above."
1799
Pioneering Presbyterian minister Rev. Joseph Bullen meets with Chickasaw leader Levi Colbert in Mississippi, using another Chickasaw, Joseph Colbert, as interpreter to propose a mission to the Chickasaw Indians - a proposal that is well received.
1868
Birth of William R. Newell, American clergyman and devotional writer. He published expository works on the Bible, and is remembered today as author of the hymn, "At Calvary" (a.k.a. "Years I Spent in Vanity and Pride").
1869
Death in Athens of Dr. Jonas King, missionary to Greece. He had been an outstanding linguist.
1944
The Gospel Mission of South America was founded by William M. Strong in Concepcion, Chile. An interdenominational Protestant missions agency, its headquarters moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1975.
1967
The General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS) adopted the Confession of 1967. It was the first major declaration of faith adopted by this branch of Protestantism since the Westminster Confession of 1647.

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