Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 17

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[or the 13th] Consecration of the Church of the Anastasis (Church of the Resurrection), commissioned by Emperor Constantine at the reputed site of Christ's Resurrection. The church will not be completed for about fifty more years.
1485
Assassination of the fierce inquisitor Peter Arbues at Saragossa, Spain. He is struck from behind while at prayer in the cathedral. Later the church will declare him a saint.
1525
Valentine Crautwald receives in a vision the Schwenckfelder view of the Eucharist: "spiritual grain" eaten by faith grows in a believer, transforming him or her toward the full image of God, the person of Christ.
1564
Don Gaspar Centellas of Valencia, a gentleman of birth and culture, is burned to death, having refused to recognize the Roman Church and pope as the Church of God.
1621
Death in Rome of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, celebrated Jesuit defender of Roman Catholic teaching against Protestant theologies. He had also delivered the admonition to Galileo to no longer teach the heliocentric theory.
1717
The first synod of the Presbyterian Church in America meets in Philadelphia.
1787
The U.S. Constitution -- ratified on this date -- contained the following code under Article 6, Section 3: 'No religious tests shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.'
1833
Upon her release from prison, a woman walks several miles to Kaiserswerth to ask pastor Theodore Fliedner for help and is given a small outbuilding as a temporary shelter, inaugurating what will become the Kaiserswerth institutions.
1942
Romanian authorities sentence Voicu Rusin to twenty-five years of forced labor for refusing to abandon his Pentecostal faith.
1959
Ground-breaking ceremony for the Adventist College of West Africa in Nigeria, that will train thousands of Africans and later become Babcock University.

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