Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, 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
451
During the Fifth Session of the Council of Chalcedon, the final form of the Chalcedonian Creed was drafted. It became the Early Church's highest and most enduring "definition" of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
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.
1899
Missionary James B. Rodgers holds the first Protestant baptism in the Philippines.
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.
1965
Death of Paul Tillich, existentialist Lutheran theologian, infamous for describing God as the "ground of all being."
1969
Harold John Ockenga, a leading fundamentalist, is inaugurated as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
1997
Death of Emmanuel Adekunle Atilade, who had been an educator, writer, poet and composer, but above all a zealous pastor and evangelist for the Nigerian Baptist Convention and Gospel Baptist Conference.

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