Today in Christian History
Emperor Henry V of of the Holy Roman Empire renounces investiture of ring and crozier at the Concordat of Worms in a deal with Pope Callistus II (that is, he gives up his right to install bishops). He promises freedom of election of clergy and promises to restore church property.
Spain launched an intensive missionary campaign in the American Southeast. During the next two years, about 1,500 American Indians were converted to the Catholic faith.
In Williamsburg, Virginia, a law was passed, barring slaves from obtaining their freedom by converting to Christianity.
Death in Leyden of Herman Boerhaave, a Christian humanist who distinguished himself as a physician and isolated urea from urine. He also had introduced the thermometer into common medical use and encouraged doctors to employ a bedside manner considerate of patients. He will be regarded as the father of modern clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital.
Death of Baptist hymnwriter Alice Flowerdew best known for her hymn "Fountain of Mercy, God of Love."
Death in Franklin, Massachusetts, of Nathanael Emmons, an influential Congregational theologian and pastor who developed a modified Calvinism that placed more responsibility on individual choice than was usual in Calvinist systems.
Birth of Gerhard Kittel, German Lutheran Bible scholar. He was first editor of a 10-volume Greek lexicon which took 43 years to complete (1933-76). In its English edition (1964-76), the work is entitled, "Theological Dictionary of the New Testament" -- or "TDNT" for short.
Death at Headington, England, of hymnwriter and hymn translator Frances Elizabeth Cox.
The first of the Unshackled broadcasts airs. These will tell stories of people who find that Christ alone can free from bondage to sin.
While mourning the recent death of his wife Joy Davidman, English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'My great recent discovery is that when I mourn Joy least I feel nearest to her. Passionate sorrow cuts us off from the dead.'
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