Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, December 2

1381
Death of Jan Van Ruysbroek, "the Ecstatic Doctor," so called because of his mysticism. He had written The Spiritual Espousals (1350), a commentary on Matthew 25:6: "Behold, the bridegroom comes," which will influence later Christian leaders such as John Tauler and Gerard Groote.
1697
Dedication of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, designed by Christopher Wren. It replaces a medieval cathedral that had burned in the Great Fire of 1666. The Right Reverend Henry Compton, Bishop of London, preaches the dedication sermon based on Psalm 122: "I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord."
1751
A Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church writes with frustration from Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), complaining that Roman Catholicism has greatly increased, despite severe penalties meted out by Dutch governors.
1763
The Touro Synagogue opened in Newport, RI. Sephardic Jews in Jamaica, Surinam, London and Amsterdam sponsored the building of this first major center of Jewish culture in America.
1873
After years of struggle, Frances Havergal, Christian singer, sees the importance of complete Christian surrender "as a flash of electric light," and makes it.
1906
The first of Paulo Mwamribwa's pupils are baptized in Digoland, Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika). He had founded the first indigenous Protestant mission school in the Gombero area.
1908
The Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America was founded in Philadelphia. (In 1950 this ecumenical organization was replaced by the National Council of Churches.)
1910
Death in Richmond, Virginia, of Bishop Channing Moore Williams, who had served as an Episcopal missionary in the Far East, founding a divinity school in Japan.
1948
Romania's Official Gazette #281 publishes a decree transferring Uniate church property to the Romanian State without compensation.
1994
Death of Sir James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, a legal scholar and missionary to Islamic regions.

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