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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, November 1

451
Council of Chalcedon ends. It was the fourth and largest of the early general councils and insisted Christ has two natures, the human and the divine.
1512
After four years of work, Michelangelo opens the Sistine Chapel ceiling to public view on All Saints Day. His work covers a 5,800-square-feet surface.
1537
German reformer Martin Luther stated during one of his "Table Talks": 'There are many fluent preachers who speak at length but say nothing, who have words without substance.'
1716
John Gill, who will become a leading Baptist pastor in England, makes his confession of faith and is baptized.
1815
Baptism of Edward Mote at eighteen years of age, who will write the hymn "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less."
1845
Anne Ayres takes religious vows that will lead her to found the first religious order for women in the Episcopal Church in the United States.
1926
Russian evangelists Ivan Prokhanov and Peter Deyneka meet in New York. The two will work closely to win East Europeans for Christ.
1950
Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His Apostolic Constitution "Munificentissimus Deus" taught that, at the end of her earthly life, Jesus' mother was taken, body and soul, into heaven to be united with the risen Christ.
1961
Death of Mordecai Ham, the evangelist under whose ministry Billy Graham was saved.
1963
English linguistic scholar J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in a letter: 'In the last resort, faith is an act of will, inspired by love.'

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