Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, 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.
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.
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."
1740
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'We must all have the spirit of martyrdom, though we may not all die martyrs.'
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.

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