Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, December 10

1270
The Bishop of Paris condemns Averroism through the efforts of Thomas Aquinas and other theologians. Averroism taught the eternality of the world, denied providence and free will, and set philosophy above faith and Scripture.
1520
German reformer Martin Luther publicly burns Pope Leo X's bull Exsurge Domine, which demands that Luther recant his "heresies," including justification by faith alone.
1524
Henry van Zutphen, an Augustinian monk who had become a Lutheran minister, is burned to death in Holstein by a drunken mob incited by religious and secular authorities.
1561
Death of Polish-German reformer Kaspar Schwenkfeld, who rejected infant baptism, said that conversion must produce a regenerated character to be real, and taught that Christ had two natures but became progressively more divine. He also held that true believers eat the spiritual body of Christ in Communion.
1569
Death in Wittenberg of Lutheran hymnwriter Paul Eber. Some of his hymns were written for his own children.
1679
Two hundred and fifty seven defeated Scottish Covenanters are shipwrecked in the Crown of London off the coast of Scotland, their captors having earlier battened the hatches to prevent their escape. After the ship breaks up, only a few survivors reach shore.
1854
Hector Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ receives its first public performance at the Salle Herz, Paris, with Berlioz conducting and soloists from the Opéra-Comique. Berlioz himself had written the words. It will remain a popular Christmas piece into the twenty-first century.
1956
English Christian apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'In so far as the things unseen are manifested by the things seen, one might from one point of view call the whole material universe an allegory.'
1960
Marriage of Ruth Magongo to Enoch Litswele. The two will serve as Nazarene missionaries and educators in various African countries, learning several languages in order to communicate with the tribes among whom they work and translating hymns into local tongues.
1968
Death of Thomas Merton in Bangkok, Thailand. The Trappist monk was famed for writings such as The Seven Storey Mountain and had been an outspoken critic of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

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