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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, February 8

356
Athanasius of Alexandria goes into hiding after escaping five thousand soldiers who burst into his church.
1529
Revolution breaks out in Basel, Switzerland when a Protestant mob surrounds the town hall, plants cannon, and forces the council to expel the twelve Catholic members, meanwhile destroying church pictures and statues. "We raged against the idols, and the mass died of sorrow," wrote Reformer Oecolampadius.
1576
Puritan parliamentarian Peter Wentworth is sent to the Tower of London for making a rousing defense of freedom of speech.
1786
Philip Quaque, an Anglican priest serving on the Gold Coast, writes an account of an uprising of slaves on a Dutch ship, and commiserates his fellow Africans on their cruel treatment by slavers.
1792
Ordination of hymnwriter Joseph Swain to pastor a church in London. His most famous hymn was "O Thou in Whose Presence."
1851
Death of Alexander Haldane, 83. In 1797 he founded the Society for Propagating the Gospel at Home, after discovering that the Church of Scotland was as little interested in home missions as it was in foreign missions.
1865
Birth of Lewis E. Jones, American YMCA director. Jones was also a writer of hymns, and his most enduring contribution (which he both wrote and composed) was "Power in the Blood."
1893
Confirmation in the Anglican Church of Hamu Lujonza Kaddu Mukasa. After Muslims take control of Uganda, he will lead a strong military counter-attack and win political control of the nation for Christians. As a trustee of the national church, he will advocate a policy of self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation.
1950
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Sin in a Christian makes God seem distant, deaf. In the body, sin saps animation, as cancer. In the soul, sin stifles the affections; as corrosion in the spirit, sin solidifies the attitudes, as a callous.'
2001
Death of Rousas John Rushdoony, a Presbyterian clergyman and theologian known as the "Father of Christian Reconstruction" who had advocated strict implementation of biblical moral law in America.

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