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Today in Christian History
Cardinal Pole leads a cleansing at Cambridge University against the "heretical" preachers Martin Bucer and Paulus Phagius who have both been dead for several years. The sentence excommunicates and anathematizes them and orders their bones be dug out of holy ground and publicly burned. He also interdicts anyone in possession of "heretical" books.
In the papal bull Bendictus Deus Pope Pius IV confirms decrees of the Council of Trent that include repudiation of Calvinist and Zwinglian teachings on the Eucharist; affirmation of penance and extreme unction as sacraments; a reaffirmation that tradition is a source of divine revelation; and a declaration that the Vulgate translation is the only authentic Latin version for public use. Trent also abolished the practice of preaching papal indulgences.
Isabel Alison and Marion Harvie are hanged in Edinburgh for their Covenanter beliefs. They sing Psalm 84 on the scaffold. Marion declares the government has no crime such as murder to charge against her but only religious views. The major in charge of the executions orders the hangman to "cast her over" to choke off any further testimony.
Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: 'We should so work as if we were to be saved by our works; and so rely on Jesus Christ, as if we did no works.'
The Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), a Pentecostal denomination, convenes its first General Assembly.
Death of African revival leader Blasio Kigozi at Kampala, Uganda, of tick fever. Inscribed on his tombstone will be the word zukuka ("awaken").
Death of George Jeffreys, founder of Elim Pentecostal Churches, at his home in Clapham, England.
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'What God has done is well done.'
Mr. Boushra Khaliel, a Coptic Christian in Dairut, Egypt, drops charges against militant Muslims who had beaten him severely with pipes, leaving his right arm paralyzed. He had been warned that if he refused to drop the charges, his family would suffer the same brutality.
Father L. Bridget and Sister Vridhi Ekka are sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment for "forcibly converting" ninety-four Indians to Christianity in the Ambikapur, India, district, although they neither lured nor coerced anyone to become a Christian.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"