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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, 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.
1665
New York's English Deputies approved a new legal code, which guaranteed all Protestants the right to practice their religious observances unhindered. (There were currently a host of Protestant groups thriving within this now-English colony, acquired only seven months earlier from the Dutch.)
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'Suffering times are a Christian's best improving times; for they break the will, wean us from the creature, prove the heart.'
1845
Wittenberg College was chartered in Springfield, Ohio, under Lutheran auspices.
1877
Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his "dominical" - a practice sermon.
1897
Death in Tunbridge Wells, England, of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 "The Love Chapter" entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.
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.
2012
A suicide bomber in a car attacks St. Finbar's Catholic Church in Jos, Nigeria, leaving ten people dead.

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