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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 15

1520
Leo X issued the papal encyclical 'Exsurge Domine,' which condemned German Reformer Martin Luther as a heretic on 41 counts and branded him an enemy of the Roman Catholic Church.
1649
Margaret Jones of Charlestown became the first person tried and executed for witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.
1692
In response to a query from Salem leaders regarding trial procedures, Cotton Mather and eleven associates sign a statement on witchcraft that shows their literal belief in the claims coming out of the Salem witch trials.
1755
Birth in New York of John Marrant, an African-American who will become a missionary to Native Americans, one of America's first African-American missionaries.
1774
Death at Halle, Germany, of Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky, a German Pietist hymnwriter.
1932
Death of Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney at Notting Hill, London. She had authored the wedding hymn "O Perfect Love."
1937
Kierkegaard scholar Walter Lowrie is so impressed with Charles Williams's editorial suggestions for a series on the Danish philosopher that he writes: "I am willing to have [Williams] carry them out in the revision of the proofs up to the end of the book, without delay of referring them to me." Charles Williams will become one of the literary circle around C.S. Lewis, known as the Inklings.
1941
Death in London of Anglican mystic Evelyn Underhill, author of Mysticism (1911) and Worship (1937) among other books.
1979
Greater Europe Mission moved its headquarters from Chicago to Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in 1949, GEM is an evangelical missionary agency involved in church planting and evangelism in over a dozen European countries.
2006
Three million believers parade through Sao Paolo, Brazil, according to organizers, in the world's largest "March for Jesus" headed by the leaders of the Reborn in Christ Pentecostal church.

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