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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, July 27

432
Death of Pope St Celestine I, who had defended the orthodox faith against several heresies and had also supported St. Augustine of Hippo. He may have sent St. Patrick to evangelize Ireland.
1656
Eight Quakers from England arrive at Boston on the Speedwell and are immediately imprisoned by Puritan authorities. The Puritans look upon Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive.
1741
Birth of Fran‡ois H. Barth‚l‚mon, French Swedenborgian composer. Two of his manyworks later became hymn tunes: AUTUMN (Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus) and BALERMA (Oh, fora Closer Walk with God).
1814
Death of philanthropist Isabella Graham in New York City. She had trained poor women to learn life skills and habits of thrift, and authored a best-seller, The Power of Faith. Her charities had been inspired by her Christian faith.
1861
Birth of Cyrus H. Nusbaum, an American Methodist clergyman who penned the hymn,'Would You Live for Jesus, and Be Always Pure and Good?' (aka 'His Way With Thee').
1901
Death of Bible scholar Brooke Foss Westcott. With Fenton J. A. Hort, he revised the Greek text of the New Testament. As bishop of Durham, he had taken an interest in the lot of the coal miners and had been able to avert labor problems because of the high esteem in which the miners held him.
1903
Death of Swedish hymnwriter Caroline (Lina) V. Sandell Berg. Her most popular hymn in the United States had been "Day by Day."
1926
William Sangster is ordained in Wesley Chapel. He will become one of the most influential leaders of the British Methodists during the twentieth century and will constantly appeal to Methodists to return to their roots and seek deeper faith. He also will resist anti-Semitism.
1936
Death of Ding Shujing, the first woman to lead China's branch of the Young Women's Christian Association.
1945
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's parents learn of his execution by Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp through a broadcast emanating from London.

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