Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, June 16

Death in Strasburg of Johannes Tauler, German mystic and influential preacher. Authority for the date: Löffler, Klemens. “John Tauler.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.
German Reformer Martin Luther declared: 'Faith justifies not as a work, nor as a quality, nor as knowledge, but as assent of the will and firm confidence in the mercy of God.'
Queen Christina, a convert to Roman Catholicism, abdicated her Swedish throne to devote the remainder of her life to religion and art.
The British House of Commons passes a resolution to burn books of John Milton that had championed the Parliamentarian rebellion against Charles I and argued for the legitimacy of that king's execution. The books will be burned on 27 August 1660. Authority for the date: Chambers' Book of Days (1881).
Death of Joseph Butler, Anglican theologian. His 1736 'Analogy of Religion' demonstrated the strong probability for the existence of a caring God over against that of a disinterested Creator Deity.
Anglican missionary to Persia, Henry Martyn wrote in his journal: 'My soul, alas, needs these uneasinesses in outward things, to be driven to take refuge in God.'
Death of Samuel J. Mills at sea. He had been exploring Africa to see if a mission work could be established. With Adoniram Judson and others, Mills had been a founder of American foreign missions. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Anglican-turned-Catholic Cardinal John Henry Newman, while traveling on a ship from Italy to France, penned the words to the hymn, 'Lead, Kindly Light, Amid the Encircling Gloom.'
Repose (Death) of Archimandrite Moses, who had entered the monastic life with the blessing of the famous St. Seraphim himself. After years of asceticism in Roslavl Forest, he had visited Optina and was persuaded to found a hermitage there. Authority for the date: http://www.roca.org
Death at Haverford, Pennsylvania, of Rufus M. Jones, American Quaker theologian. Through his writings and articles he had done much to advance Quaker social action. He had also helped found the American Friends Service Committee. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, remaining there through June 23rd. Authority for the date: World Topic Yearbook.
Subscribe …
Receive the newest devotional each week in your inbox by joining the "Today in Christian History" subscription list. Enter your email address below, click "Subscribe!" and we will send you a confirmation email. Follow the instructions in the email to confirm your addition to this list.