Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 3

1721
Hans Egede, Lutheran missionary, lands in Greenland with a party of forty-six people.
1800
Pope Pius VII returns the papacy to Rome. His predecessor Pius VI had been removed in 1798 by a French general, dying in captivity.
1880
Prussia declares that clergy are subordinate to the state.
1897
Death of David Brown, who had been prominent as a Christian author, educator, and church leader in Scotland. He is best known as the coauthor of the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, for which he had written the sections on the Gospels, Acts, and the Epistle to the Romans.
1900
Seventy-one Chinese Christians are martyred by Boxers at Shouyang. The number includes eighteen women and eleven children.
1907
Pope St. Pius X, in his encyclical Lamentabili, formally condemns the modernist intellectual movement in the Catholic Church.
1959
Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical 'Ad Petri Cathedram,' expressed the hope that non-Catholic Christians would see in the upcoming Vatical II Ecumenical Council 'a warminvitation to seek and find unity.'
1960
Death of Alfred H. Ackley, a prolific writer of hymns, remembered primarily for the tune HE LIVES.
1979
Thirty-four years after the end of World War II, the West German government voted to continue prosecution of Nazi war criminals by removing the statute of limitations onmurder.
2011
Near Munugodu, India, four Hindus attack and repeatedly stab Pentecostal pastor G. N. Paul, claiming he forcibly converts Hindus to Christianity.

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