Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, October 6

German reformer Martin Luther, 36, published "Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church," his famous writing which attacked the entire sacramental system of the Catholic Church.
Nuremberg formally accepts Albrecht Durer's gift of The Four Apostles, also known as The Four Holy Men. Authority for the date: http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/d/durer/1/10/5_4holy.html
Ursula of Munsterberg escapes her convent and becomes a Lutheran, writing a tract in support of her departure from the convent. "To say that the monastic vow is a second baptism and washes away sins, as we have heard from the pulpit, is blasphemy against God, as if the blood of Christ were not enough to wash away all sins." Authority for the date: Tucker, Ruth A. and Walter L. Liefeld. Daughters of the Church.
Tyndale is strangled and burned at Vilvoorde Castle (not far from Brussels) for his Protestant views and efforts to translate the Bible into English. Authority for the date: Britannica.
Birth of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit who was sent as a missionary to China in 1583. His complete adoption of Chinese customs raised the issue of the limits of "accommodation" to other cultures, in the preaching of the gospel.
A band of religious refugees from Krefield, Germany came ashore at Philadelphia -- the first Mennonites to arrive in North America. Their pastor, F. Daniel Pastorius, was considered by many the most learned man in America at the time.
Death of British poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, who had spoken of his Christian faith in his poems. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Death of Matthew Bridges, English clergyman and hymnwriter. Raised Anglican, he had joined the Roman Catholic Church under the influence of the Oxford Movement. Authority for the date: Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.
B.H. Irwin began issuing "Live Coals of Fire," official publication of the Fire Baptized Holiness Association of America. Organized in 1898, the denomination was comprised of former Methodists, Quakers and River Brethren.
Death in Lexington, Kentucky, of John William McGarvey, a preacher and educator with the Disciples, noted for careful work in his Bible commentaries. Authority for the date: http://www.therestorationmovement.com/_states/kentucky/mcgarvey,jw.htm
Death of Baron Paul Nicolay, a frail, introspective French nobleman who evangelized students in Russia. Authority for the date: Brandenburg, Hans. The Meek and the Mighty: The Emergence of the Evangelical Movement in Russia. New York: Oxford Univ
Iraida (birth name Ivanovna Kiprina), an Orthodox nun in Irkutsk, is sentenced to three years' imprisonment for "conducting anti-Soviet agitation" and "maintaining links with exiled representatives of the clergy." Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.
Death of Ivan Prokhanov, a mighty Russian evangelist, who was president of the All Russian Union of Evangelical Christians. Authority for the date: Brandenburg, Hans. The Meek and the Mighty: The Emergence of the Evangelical Movement in Russia. New York: Oxford Univ
In his daily radio broadcast, American Bible expositor Derek Prince declared: 'God accepts responsibility for the maintenance of his appointed temple -- our body.'
Death of Samuel Ndhlovu, a pioneer church leader and man of God in Natal. Among his final words to his daughter were, "God is in control." Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.
Prem Singh Gurung is sentenced to three years in prison for showing Christian movies in two of Bhutan’s villages. Authority for the date: Persecuted: the global assault on Christians.
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