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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, December 27

537
The Hagia Sophia, a cathedral designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, is consecrated by Patriarch Menas in Constantinople. The innovative design is not only original but beautiful.
1065
Death of Ferdinand I, "the Great," king of Castile and León. He had maneuvered shrewdly to increase his territory and gain influence over some of Spain's Muslim occupiers, whom he had forced to pay tribute.
1603
Death in Warwick, England, of Thomas Cartwright, a Puritan author, educator, controversialist, and preacher who had frequently attacked practices of the Church of England as unbliblical, especially its manner of governance and its selection and appointment of clergy.
1774
English founder of Methodism, John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'God...frequently...makes young men and women wiser than the aged, and gives to many, in a very short time, a closer and deeper communion with himself than others attain in a long course of years.'
1840
George Duffield Jr. is ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in New York. He will be remembered as an eminent hymnwriter. His most famous hymn will be "Stand up, Stand up for Jesus."
1846
Friederich A. Craemer, operating a Lutheran mission in Michigan, baptizes his first Chippewa converts.
1855
Death of Josiah Conder, a journalist and editor who wrote scholarly Christian books and produced a popular Congregational hymnal. Among his own hymns were "Day by day the manna fell," "How shall I follow Him I serve?" and "The Lord is King! Lift up Thy Voice."
1899
American Christian temperance leader Carry Nation, 53, raided and wrecked her first saloon in Medicine Lodge, KA. She went on similar rampages in Wichita and Topeka, and in other cities in Iowa and Illinois as well.
1937
Death of hymnwriter Cyrus Nusbaum in Wichita, Kansas. His most famous hymn begins "Would you live for Jesus and be always be pure and good..."
1949
In Cincinnati, Ohio, the Evangelical Theological Society was organized. A conservative fellowship of North American theologians and Bible scholars, ETS promotes theological discussion and exploration within the context of a firm belief in the truthfulness of the Bible.

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