Today in Christian History
Canonization of theologian Thomas Aquinas, author of Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles. He had synthesized Aristotelian thought with Christian.
Birth of Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss reformer. He continued Zwingli's work afterhis death at Kappel (1531), and composed the Second Helvetic Confession in 1566.
Death of Georg Neumark, German educator, hymnwriter, and composer, in Thuringia. One of his best known hymns is, "If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee."
Papal guards arrest the influential Quietist spiritual leader Miguel de Molinos, internationally renowned for his Spiritual Guide. He will die in prison after mistreatment and torture.
Death of Baptist leader Benjamin Keach. Years earlier, he had been fined and pilloried for a work entitled A Child's Instructor which rejected infant baptism.
Birth of Lemuel Haynes, colonial American Congregational clergyman. In 1785,Haynes, 32, was ordained to a church in Torrington, Connecticut, making him the firstAfrican-American to pastor a white church.
Death of Jane Austen in her sister Cassandra's arms. Suffering Addison's disease, the author is just forty-one years old. She will be remembered as one of the greatest novelists of the English language, but had also written fervent prayers which demonstrated Christian faith.
American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson noted: 'Great men are theywho see that spiritual is stronger than material, that thoughts rule the world.'
German theologian and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from prison: 'Thereligious act is always something partial; "faith" is something whole, involving the wholeof one's life. Jesus calls us not to new religion but to life.'
Death of Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira, a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and an advocate of ecumenism.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"