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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, October 6

1520
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.
1526
Nuremberg formally accepts Albrecht Durer's gift of The Four Apostles, also known as The Four Holy Men.
1536
Tyndale is strangled and burned at Vilvoorde Castle (not far from Brussels) for his Protestant views and efforts to translate the Bible into English.
1683
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.
1892
Death of British poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, who had spoken of his Christian faith in his poems.
1894
Death of Matthew Bridges, English clergyman and hymnwriter. Raised Anglican, he had joined the Roman Catholic Church under the influence of the Oxford Movement.
1919
Death of Baron Paul Nicolay, a frail, introspective French nobleman who evangelized students in Russia.
1931
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."
1982
In his daily radio broadcast, American Bible expositor Derek Prince declared: 'God accepts responsibility for the maintenance of his appointed temple -- our body.'
2001
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."

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