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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, March 11

843
After years of iconoclasm (opposition to and destruction of icons), two-dimensional images are restored for worship in the Eastern Empire, an event known as "The Triumph of Orthodoxy."
859
Muslims behead Bishop Elogius in Cordoba, Spain.
1559
In response to a sermon by John Knox, a Reformation mob burns churches in Perth, Scotland, and instructs the friars to hold mass no more.
1829
Mendelssohn revives Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.
1845
Wittenberg College was chartered in Springfield, Ohio, under Lutheran auspices.
1860
Birth of H. Frances Davidson, pioneer missionary. In 1892 she became the first woman from the Brethren in Christ Church to earn an M.A. degree, and in 1897 became one of her denomination's first missionaries to travel to the African continent.
1877
Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his "dominical" - a practice sermon.
2001
Leonid Zwicki is installed as bishop of the newly-created Belarusian Evangelical Lutheran Church.
2005
Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs requires 75,000 mosques to preach a sermon this day advising Muslims that Christian missionaries present a danger to national unity and integrity.
2009
Thirty or more Hindus, angered at Christian preaching, attack pastor Erra Krupanamdam while he is returning from a prayer meeting in Andra Pradesh state, India, fracturing his spine and ribs.

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