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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, February 26

398
John Chrysostom (golden tongue) becomes bishop of Constantinople.
554
Pope Vigilius, a virtual prisoner to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, announces to the Western bishops his adhesion to the decisions of the Second Council of Constantinople that he had formerly rejected regarding the errors of the Three Chapters. This is widely seen as a concession to monophysitism.
1802
Death in Paddington of Roman Catholic theologian Dr. Alexander Geddes who had advanced many of the arguments later used in German higher criticism. For his opinions he had been suspended from priestly duties.
1835
Ranavalona I, Queen of Madagascar, forbids the newly established Christian faith. In spite of severe persecution that she unleashes, the church will grow tremendously.
1846
Birth of George C. Stebbins, American Baptist music evangelist. A composer of over 1,500 songs during his lifetime, Stebbins is still remembered today for writing the melodies to such hymns as: "I've Found a Friend," "Take Time to Be Holy," "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" and "Jesus is Tenderly Calling Thee Home."
1861
Francois Colliard and Christina Macintosh marry in Cape Town. They were supposed to meet in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but through miscommunication she landed at Cape Town. He rode the five-hundred miles pellmell to join her. Both were highly refined people for whom working in the bush of Africa was a deep sacrifice. "Our prayers for the evangelization of the world are but a bitter irony so long as we give only of our abundance, and draw back before the sacrifice of ourselves," he wrote.
1891
Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, a Bengali Brahman attracted to the uniqueness of Christ, receives Christian baptism in Calcutta and will later issue a series of articles attempting to demonstrate Christian theology is compatible with indigenous thought in India.
1933
Arrest of Russian Orthodox theologian and scientist Pavel Aleksandrovich Florensky. Held in concentration camps, he will die a martyr in 1937, shot by agents of the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD).
1949
Death in Danvers, Massachusetts, of Lucy Peabody who had devoted most of her life to the practice and support of mission work. Her second husband left her a fortune that she applied toward mission endeavors.
1963
The Lutheran World Federation's missionary radio station at Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, was dedicated.

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