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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, December 26

795
Election of Leo III as pope. Five years later he will crown Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor.
1531
German reformer Martin Luther declared: 'The inner man is a saint; the outer man is a sinner. That is why we confess in the Creed that the church is holy but pray for forgiveness of sins in the Lord's Prayer.'
1790
Ordination of Sattyanadan Pillai (also spelled Satyanathan), the first Tamil missionary of the Lutheran Church in India. Sattyanadan will serve as pastor-teacher in Tirunelveli and will be one of the leaders in a movement of mass conversion of Indians to Christianity.
1830
Birth of William Caven, Scottish-born Canadian Presbyterian leader. He taught at Knox College, in Toronto, the last 39 years of his life. Though staunchly conservative, Caven was genuinely interested in social issues and thoroughly committed to missions.
1887
Birth of Charles Brandon Booth, American social reformer and head of the Volunteers of America, 1949-58. Booth was the grandson of Salvation Army founder William Booth.
1912
MacKay Memorial Hospital is established in Taipei in honor of Presbyterian missionary George Leslie Mackay, founder of a clinic which became the basis of the hospital. It will develop into one of the largest medical centers in Taiwan, and will retain deep Presbyterian roots.
1937
Bolsheviks shoot Isaac the Younger, a "holy father" of the Russian Orthodox Church associated with the teachings of the former Optina Monastery eighty miles north of Moscow.
1968
Death in Oregon of historian Kenneth Scott Latourette. His most famous book was his seven-volume History of the Expansion of Christianity.
1994
Nigerian Christians falsely accused of defecating on a Koran are dragged out of jail and beheaded by a mob.
2004
A tsunami from a strong earthquake devastates towns along India's eastern shore that have large Christian populations.

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