Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 8

1115
Death of French monk Peter the Hermit at Neufmoutier-by-Huy. He had helped inspire the Crusades.
1153
Death of Blessed Pope Eugene III. He had fled to France during disturbances in Rome.
1413
Jan Hus's De ecclesia (On the Church) is read in Bethlehem chapel, Prague. Cardinal D'Ailly will later complain at the Council of Constance that it combats the pope's plenary authority as much as the Koran.
1622
Pope Gregory XV issues a brief allowing Philip Neri's Congregations of the Oratory to govern themselves independently of one another.
1663
King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island colony that guarantees religious freedom regardless of "differences in opinion in matters of religion."
1681
Death in Thuringia of Georg Neumark, German educator and hymnwriter, author, and composer of the hymn "If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee." Twice during his life he had lost everything he owned: once to robbers and once to fire. These losses seem to have contributed much to the depth of his religious verse.
1716
Death of Robert South, a Church of England preacher, Latinist, and author well-known for participation in doctrinal controversies, often opposing with wit and invective the very positions he had formerly held, yet boldly attacking the vices of his age.
1792
Birth of Lowell Mason, Presbyterian pioneer of congregational singing. He composed over 1,000 hymn tunes, including BETHANY ('Nearer, My God, To Thee'), DENNIS ('Blest Be the Tie That Binds'), and HAMBURG ('When I Survey the Wondrous Cross').
1948
The Moscow Conference convenes to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the independence of the Russian Orthodox Church from control of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.
2001
Vonette Bright celebrates the release of a new series of books, My Heart in His Hands, at a Sunday reception in Atlanta. The four-book devotional series for women has been written to complement the seasons of a women's life through inspiring stories and Scripture verses, with much of the content culled from her Women Today radio program.

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