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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, April 3

Death of Bishop Richard of Chichester, who had suffered persecution from hostile King Henry III but was beloved by his people.
Papal bull of John XXII condemns the writings of Marsilus of Padua and John of Jandun.
Adolf Clarenbach, having preached Reformation ideas in Wesel and Cologne, Germany, is arrested by Catholic authorities in Cologne. He will be sentenced to death.
Birth of George Herbert, English clergyman and poet. One of his verses endures today as the hymn, "The King of Love My Shepherd Is."
Bull of Pope Gregory XIII bans reading of Scotus Erigena's De Divisione Naturae.
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'I believe that love to God, and to man for God's sake, is the essence of religion and the fulfilling of the law.'
Death in Mülheim (in the Ruhr) of Pietist preacher and hymnwriter Gerhard Tersteegen. Among his best-known hymns was "Thou hidden love of God."
Death of Reginald Heber in India. The following year, his hymns will be published posthumously. Among them will be "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "From Greenland's Icy Mountains."
James Chalmers and Oliver Tompkins sail from Daru, Papua, New Guinea, in what will be their last voyage. Within days, cannibals will martyr and eat them.
Nazarene evangelists T

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