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Today in Christian History
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.
Liberius, widely regarded as a heretic, is ordained Bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope).
Semi-Arians meet hoping to produce a creed to supercede the Nicene creed. Their product is called the "Dated" creed.
Pope Gregory XI issues a bull against John Wycliffe.
The first Augustinians arrive in Mexico.
In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From this time on, the Protestant movement became permanent.
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.
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").
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.
Pope John Paul II reaffirms that priestly ordination is for men only.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"