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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, May 28

1403
German university masters attack John Wycliffe's doctrines which had spread to their nation by way of Jan Hus and others.
1725
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'I can't think that when God sent us into the world He had irreversibly decreed that we should be perpetually miserable in it.'
1792
Roman Catholic bishop John Carroll of Baltimore issues a pastoral letter, the first document of its sort in the United States. Among its main themes is a call for Christian education.
1818
Former president Thomas Jefferson set forth in a letter to a Jewish journalist his opinion of religious intolerance: 'Your sect by its sufferings has furnished a remarkable proof of the universal point of religious insolence, inherent in every sect, disclaimed by all while feeble and practised by all when in power. Our laws have applied the only antidote to this vice, protecting our religions, as they do our civil rights, by putting all on equal footing. But more remains to be done.'
1909
Samuel Clement Perry joins the Church of God, Cleveland, where he will do notable work before his exclusion.
1941
Father Maximillian Kolbe is transferred to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where he will be executed, offering himself in place of a man who has a family.
1954
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill which added the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.
1958
The Presbyterian Church in the U.S. merged with the Presbyterian Church of North America to form the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (UPCUSA).
1987
Wu Weizun, a staunch Christian, who has suffered severely for his faith in Chinese prisons and camps, is formally released from prison. Because of his persistence in faith and refusal to pretend he has accepted the communist line, the authorities decide to take care of him, giving him a hut, official registration, and a monthly allowance.
2011
Release of US Citizen Eddie Jun Yong-Su, who had been arrested while attempting Christian work in North Korea. He had been beaten so severely he can scarcely walk without help

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