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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, October 22

362
Martyrdom of Theodoritus, a Greek-speaking Syrian Christian priest, during the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate. His relics will be taken to Uz
1746
Revival leader Jonathan Dickinson obtains a charter for the College of New Jersey to train Presbyterian pastors. It will become Princeton University.
1844
Between fifty thousand and one hundred thousand followers of Baptist lay preacher William Miller prepare for "The Day of Atonement" - the day Jesus will allegedly return.
1903
Death of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of English Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Their marriage had lasted thirty-six years, until Charles' death in 1892, and she had engaged in many minstries alongside her husband.
1939
C. S. Lewis preaches a sermon at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford in which he asks, "How can we study Latin, geography, algebra in a time like this? Aren't we just fiddling while Rome burns?" He then assures the assembled students that it is worthwhile and essential to continue studies even in the face of World War II.
1952
The complete Jewish Torah was published in English for the first time. A collection of oral and written commentary (dating 200 BC to AD 500) on the first five books of the Old Testament, the Torah comprises the basic religious code of Judaism.
1965
Death of Paul Tillich, existentialist Lutheran theologian, infamous for describing God as the "ground of all being."
1966
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth declared in a letter: 'God makes no mistakes.'
1969
Harold John Ockenga, a leading fundamentalist, is inaugurated as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
1987
A volume of Gutenberg's original Bible is sold at auction at Christie's for .39 million, one of the largest sums ever paid for a printed book. Ironically, Gutenberg had not profited from his invention of printing because his press was seized for debts.

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