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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, September 29

440
Leo I, the Great, is consecrated bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope). He will strengthen the authority of the church, suppress the Manichean heresy, and write important doctrinal letters.
1622
Death in exile of theologian Conrad Vorstius, at Toningen, Holstein, Germany. He had been accepted for a time by the Dutch Remonstrants (Arminians) but apparently denied the Trinity and the pre-existence of Christ and was eventually exiled by the Calvinist Synod of Dort.
1642
An American Indian tomahawks Ren
1830
The Leeds Mercury publishes Richard Oastler's letter deploring "Yorkshire Slavery" - oppressive labor conditions of women and children. "Thousands of our fellow-creatures and fellow-subjects, both male and female, the miserable inhabitants of a Yorkshire town....are this very moment existing in a state of slavery, more horrid than are the victims of that hellish system ‘colonial' slavery."
1883
Baptism of Pandita Ramabai, who becomes the most influential woman of India in the nineteenth-century.
1918
Edward Thomas Demby is consecrated as the first African American suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Episcopal Church.
1951
Death of notable Welsh evangelist and revivalist Evan Roberts near Cardiff.
1967
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'God has very different people who like one another to different degrees.'
1968
Death of Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary Betty Ann Olsen, while being held captive by the Viet Cong. She was sick with dysentery, malnutrition and tormented by fungus, infections, leeches, and ulcerated sores.
1970
The New American Bible was published by the St. Anthony Guild Press. It represented the first English version Roman Catholic Bible to be translated from the original Biblical Greek and Hebrew languages. (The Rheims-Douai Version of 1610 had been based on Jerome's Latin Vulgate.)

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