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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 20

833
Death at Fontanella of Ansegis, a monk whom Charlemagne had placed in charge of some of his building operations and who had also compiled a notable collection of Frankish laws.
1591
Anne Hutchinson is baptized at Alford, England. She will become a controversial religious figure in New England.
1648
The Westminster Larger Catechism was adopted by the General Assembly of the Churchof Scotland at Edinburgh. This and the Shorter Catechism have both been in regular use amongPresbyterians, Baptists and Congregationalists ever since.
1726
Colonial clergyman Jonathan Edwards, 23, married Sarah Pierpont, 16. Theirmarriage prospered for over 30 years, before his premature death in 1758. Sarah herself diedonly six months later, at 48.
1727
Marriage of pastor/theologian Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Pierpont. They will create a godly, cheerful, and peacable home, much remarked upon by contemporaries, and ten of their eleven children will live to adulthood.
1903
Death of Pope Leo XIII. A poet, scholar, and peacemaker, he had defended the divine nature of Christ in all its phases, from Virgin Birth through Resurrection and Ascension. He had also issued encyclicals against socialism and in behalf of Thomism, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. His relations with Catholics in the United States had been close.
1910
The Christian Endeavor Society of Missouri began a campaign to ban all motionpictures that depicted kissing between non-relatives.
1962
Pope John XXIII sent invitations to all 'separated Christian churches andcommunities,' asking each to send delegate-observers to the upcoming Vatican II EcumenicalCouncil in Rome.
2002
Death of Pastor Noble Alexander. He had been the longest held prisoner for Christ in the history of the Island of Cuba, yet his spirit always demonstrated his joyful freedom in Christ. Upon his release he had gone to the United States.
2016
A Russian law goes into effect denying Protestants the right to share their faith in person or on the internet and banning church services in homes. In the first month of its enforcement, seven evangelical Christians will be charged with violations.

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