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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, 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.
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.'
1770
Death at Islington, England, of Alexander Cruden, Scottish editor and compiler of Cruden's Concordance, who originally prepared to study for the ministry but after suffering several mental breakdowns was confined to an asylum for brief stays three times over several years.
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.
1894
Liu Cho Wan is ordained as a Catholic priest. Skilled with languages and with the wisdom to settle disputes, he will be highly regarded wherever he labors.
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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