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Today in Christian History
According to the sacred timeline worked out by Archbishop James Ussher, 73, "the heavens and the earth" were created on this date at 9:00 a.m. (GMT). Ussher's "Chronologies of he Old and New Testaments" was first published 1650-54.
Death of Ignatius, patriarch of Constantinople. He had held the position twice during a period of turmoil over icons. (He endorsed icons.)
In England, the main cathedral at Wells (begun c.1186) was consecrated. The most striking interior feature of the cathedral are the inverted arches (14th century) by which the piers of the tower are strengthened.
In retaliation for numerous abuses by Protestant overlords, Irish Catholics massacre some English Protestant settlers. The result is a bitter war in which both sides will commit atrocities. The hatreds developed will smolder for centuries.
Judge George Jeffreys has the Anabaptist Elizabeth of Gaunt burned to death for sheltering a man involved in the Rye House Plot (an attempt to kill the king of England).
Henry Martyn, later to become a remarkable missionary, is ordained and given charge of a church at Lolworth, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death at age thirty-three of Pliny Fisk, missionary pioneer in Syria. He had just begun a regular Arabic Sunday service, and had nearly completed an English-Arabic dictionary.
Under the influence of his mother, Chinese leader Chiang Kai Shek converts to Christianity.
Death in Sri Lanka of Lakdasa de Mel, the first indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
Poisoned in his mind by slander, Urbano Gomez attends a Protestant church with his wife in Peru. Unknown to her he has a pistol and knife hidden in his saddlebag, intending to kill the pastor if he shows any sign of inappropriate behavior. He finds that all is decently done and is drawn to give his heart to Christ during the altar call. He will become an evangelist and teacher with Heart Cry mission.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"