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 It will condemn monethelitism, the teaching that Christ's human will is superceded by his divine will.
Controversial colonial religious leader Anne Hutchinson, 46, was convicted of spreading heresy and banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Mrs. Hutchinson afterward relocated in Rhode Island with her family and friends.
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.
Saying, “Heaven, heaven, my true home,” Chinese convert Peter Wu Guosheng is executed. He had led 128 family and friends to Christ.
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.
Marie Rafaravavy, a staunch Christian who had been severely persecuted and forced to flee Madagascar because of her faith, leaves England in the hope of returning to her homeland. Because persecution is ongoing, she will have to settle in Mauritania, where she will preach until her death seven years later.
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."
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"