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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, 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.
1533
The first Augustinians arrive in Mexico.
1541
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.
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").
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.
1994
Pope John Paul II reaffirms that priestly ordination is for men only.

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