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Today in Christian History
An ecumenical (general) council opens in Constantinople. It will condemn monethelitism, the teaching that Christ's human will is superceded by his divine will.
In Seville, the Spanish Inquisition burns its last victim, a woman who refuses to confess that she has entered into a covenant with the Devil.
During the French Revolution, "Christianity" was abolished on this date. Reason was deified, and as many as 2,000 churches were afterward destroyed throughout France.
Birth of American biblical lexicographer Joseph Henry Thayer. A Congregationalist pastor, Thayer's main interest was New Testament language and in 1886 he published his definitive "Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament."
Murder of Elijah P. Lovejoy, editor of the St. Louis Observer, an abolitionist and Christian. Three times his press had been destroyed by opponents who resented his calls for temperance and an end to slavery.
Birth of Will L. Thompson, American songwriter. With a major interest in sacred music, Thompson's pen has left the Church two enduring hymns: "Jesus is All the World to Me" and "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling."
Death in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England, of hymnwriter John Cawood. Of his seventeen hymns, the best-known are "Hark! What Mean Those Holy Voices?" and "Almighty God, Thy Word is Cast."
Baptism of twenty-year-old Edgar Young Mullins. At birth his parents had dedicated him to God, praying that he might become a minister; however he had not become a Christian until shortly before his baptism. He will go on to become a Baptist minister and president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which he will greatly expand.
The Northern Christian Advocate (Syracuse, New York) publishes a note from an anonymous correspondent in Jerusalem alleging that an inscription found at St.
Muslim militants murder Coptic Christian Aziz Abdel Masih. His body lies in the street for nine hours before the police recover it. Investigators mock his wife of two months when she appears to claim her husband's body.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"