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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, August 1

984
Death of Bishop Ethelwold. His emphasis had been to repair the spiritual damage left by Danish invasions, to promote the Benedictine order, and build monasteries and nunneries. The English people consider him a saint because he sold the treasures of the church to feed the poor. Objects could be replaced, he said, but lives are not replaceable.
1252
Death of John of Plano Carpini, emissary of the pope to the Mongols. He had traveled great distances to protest the invasion of Christian lands and assess the strength and goals of the Tatars.
1521
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for He is victorious over sin, death, and the world.'
1688
Wu Yushan is consecrated as a Catholic priest at Nanjing by the Chinese bishop Luo Wenzao. Wu's sermons will become the first collection by a Chinese Christian.
1801
Death in Schenectady, New York, of Jonathan Edwards, Jr., son of the famous Jonathan Edwards and of his vivacious wife, Sarah Pierpont. Edwards had learned the Mohican language, was a strictly orthodox pastor and theologian, and became the president of Union College shortly before his death.
1834
Death of missionary Robert Morrison at age 52. The first English Protestant missionary to China, he had translated the Bible into Chinese, constructed a Chinese grammar, founded an Anglo-Chinese college, and edited a six-volume Chinese dictionary.
1890
Birth of Walther Eichrodt, German Reformed Old Testament scholar. He taught at Basel and Erlangen universities, and is highly regarded among Christian evangelicals today for his Theology of the Old Testament (1933-39).
1895
Anglican missionaries Robert Warren Stewart, his wife Louise, their two children and seven other Christians are butchered in China.
1950
Czechoslovakian law says that any priest consecrated without permission of the state is to go to prison for three years - robbing the church of its perogative to choose its own representatives.
1979
Following her graduation from rabbinical college in Philadelphia, Linda Joy Holtzman was appointed spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth Israel congregation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, making her the first female rabbi to head a Jewish congregation in America.

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