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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, December 8

1672
Jesuit explorer-missionary Jacques Marquette reaches St. Ignace on the straits of what will become the state of Michigan.
1856
Death in Queenstown, Cork, Ireland of Father Theobald Mathew, a Roman Catholic priest notable for persuading tens of thousands in Ireland and England to pledge themselves to abstain from alcohol.
1869
The First Vatican Council begins. It will declare papal primacy over the entire church (not just Roman Catholicism) and papal infallibility.
1896
Death from blackwater fever of Peter Scott, pioneer missionary to Africa and a founder of the African Inland Mission.
1900
Rose Lathrop and Alice Huber found the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, also known as Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer.
1941
Japanese police arrest some students and fifteen faculty members at the Christian school Yanjing University in Beijing.
1953
Anglican scholar and apologist C. S. Lewis reads his paper "Petitionary Prayer" to the Oxford Clerical Society. The paper raises issues about praying in complete confidence (which the Bible seems to command) versus praying with the caveat "Thy will be done," of which we have no less an exemplar than Jesus himself.
1957
Ordination of 22-year-old Omar Cabrera in Argentina. Already president of an Assembly of God youth organization and secretary for the national Assembly of God, he will become an internationally-known evangelist, leader of revival in Argentina, and pastor of one of the world's largest churches - Vision of the Future Church.
1962
The Rev. John Melville Burgess was consecrated as suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts -- the first African American bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church to serve a predominantly white diocese.
1966
In Bogot

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