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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, August 9

1253
Pope Innocent IV approves Clare's rule for the Poor Clares.
1644
English Parliament orders Roger Williams's book The Bloudy Tenent to be burned by the public hangman. Bloudy Tenent is an appeal for liberty of conscience against the "bloudy" practice of persecution.
1765
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'You have but one Pattern; follow Him inwardly and outwardly. If other believers will go step for step with you, well; but if not, follow Him!'
1788
Birth of Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary. He first sailed to Burma in 1812, and spent nearly all of his remaining 38 years in missionary and literacy work there. Judson translated the entire Bible into Burmese by 1834.
1831
Mary Groves M
1851
Death of Karl F. A. Guetzlaff, first German Lutheran missionary to China, in Victoria, Hong Kong.
1884
Birth of Kenneth Scott Latourette, Baptist church historian. Teaching at Yale from 1921-53, his greatest writings were his 7-volume History of the Expansion of Christianity (1937-45) and 5-volume Christianity in a Revolutionary Age (1958-62). Latourette died a bachelor.
1933
Death of hymnwriter William H. Draper at Clifton, Bristol. He had translated into English the hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King" by Francis of Assisi.
1970
St. Herman, "Wonderworker of All America," is glorified with a solemn liturgy at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Kodiak Island, Alaska, with simultaneous rites taking place at other Orthodox centers.
1992
Zareef Moreed Iskander, a Christian building contractor from Beni Khalid, Egypt, is murdered by militant Muslims, who accuse him of working on a church without a building permit.

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