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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, April 8

1546
The Council of Trent adopts Jerome's eleven-hundred-year-old Latin translation of the Bible (the Vulgate) as the only authentic Latin text of the Scriptures although reformers have long complained that Jerome's Latin translation is faulty.
1669
Turkish Muslims on the island of Kos burn to death John Naukliros, accusing him of recanting from Islam. He responds, "I believe with all my soul and heart in my Lord Jesus Christ and I confess him as true God Who will judge all the world, both the living and the dead." He tells his persecutors that he despises Islam and is prepared even to endure torture for the love of Christ.
1730
Shearith Israel, first Jewish congregation organized in America, consecrated their synagogue in New York City.
1812
Ordination and installation of Nathaniel Taylor as pastor of New Haven's Center Church. He will oversee a growth of four hundred members during several revivals and will also become a prominent New England theologian.
1857
A small group of Dutch immigrants meet in Zeeland, Michigan, to organize the first Christian Reformed Church.
1883
Newly arrived to America, deaconness Elizabeth Fedde begins a diary. "I came here to New York and was received by my brother-in-law, with whom I have lived for three weeks. During that time I have gone around to become a bit acquainted and have made some house visits and sick calls (ten in all)."
1912
The American Theological Society was organized at Union Theological Seminary, in New York, for the purpose of discussing religious, theological and philosophical problems.
1929
Religious associations in Russia are forbidden to help members financially or enter into mutual aid agreements. All previous anti-religion laws are summarized into one "Law Concerning Religion."
1945
German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the night before he was hanged by the Nazis, said: 'This is the end - - for me the beginning' -- his last recorded words.
2002
Muslims in Kano state, Nigeria, demolish the first of eleven church buildings they will destroy this month to ensure that Christianity does not retain a foothold in the state.

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