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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, December 4

749
Death of Greek Orthodox theologian and poet John of Damascus near Jerusalem. The last great doctor of the Greek church, he had been a strong defender of the use of icons.
963
A Roman synod deposes wicked Pope John XII. He had been just eighteen years old when elected.
1154
Adrian IV (Nicholas Breakspear) is elected Pope, the first Englishman to hold the position. At the beginning of the twenty-first century he will still have been the only English pope.
1532
Drops of molten silver injure the Shroud of Turin during a fire.
1809
The International Bible Society was founded in New York City as an interdenominational agency for translating, producing and distributing the Scriptures. The I.B.S. has since distributed the Bible to over 150 countries in the world.
1854
Birth of Mary Reed, American Methodist missionary. She died in 1943, having spent the last 52 years of her life ministering to the lepers of India.
1896
Death from fever of Peter Cameron Scott in Kenya. The founder of the African Inland Mission he is not yet thirty.
1917
All ecclesiastical property in Russia is confiscated.
1966
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'The good Lord, in spite of reports to the contrary, is not dead.'
1972
President Idi Amin ousts fifty missionaries from Uganda, charging that they have connections with Israel and South Africa.

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