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Today in Christian History
Deusdedit is consecrated pope. A saintly man, he will be said to have healed a leper by kissing him. Future generations will nickname him the "earthquake pope" because of a violent tremor which occurs during his papacy.
Pope Urban III extends papal protection to St. Mary's, Clerkenwell. This makes the woman abbess directly responsible for the abbey under the pope without other male direction.
Birth of George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury. A recognized leader of the English Calvinists, Abbot also demonstrated Puritan sympathies, and took a leading part in translating the 1611 King James Version of the Bible.
Death of James Arminius, Dutch pastor and theologian from whom Arminianism derives its named. He had suggested that some passages of Scripture could be interpreted more mildly than in strict Calvinism.
Death in Norwich, England, of Thomas Browne, physician and author of the prose classic Religio Medici [The Religion of a Doctor].
Birth of John Woolman, American Quaker reformer. His "Journal," written from 1756-72, greatly influenced 19th century abolitionists.
English revivalist George Whitefield, 29, arrived in Maine at the start of his second visit to America. Whitefield struggled to adapt the beliefs of Calvinism to the Arminian teachings of proto-Methodists John and Charles Wesley.
Charles Spurgeon preaches to an overflow crowd. Someone falsely yells, "fire" and seven people are trampled to death in the ensuing melee. He nearly goes insane from the horror of it.
Death of William O. Cushing, American Christian clergyman and hymnwriter. Among Cushing's most popular hymns were "Under His Wings," "When He Cometh," "Ring the Bells of Heaven," and "Hiding in Thee."
Bolsheviks kill the monks Euthymius and John of the Belogorsk monastery for refusing to join the Red Army, torturing John first.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"