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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, May 2

373
Death of Athanasius in Alexandria, Egypt. More than any other man, he took up the fight for Christ's divinity in his writings. Five times he had been forced into exile. Slander dogged him. Yet he remained faithful to his vision of an uncreated Christ. He was the first to list the books of the New Testament as we know them.
1507
Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated a priest. (Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.)
1550
Joan Boucher is burned to death in England for denying that the Virgin Mary was sinless. When a bishop preached at her execution, trying to convert her, she told him he "lied like a rogue" and bade him "go and read the Scriptures."
1852
Death in England of Samuel Leigh, who had been the first Methodist missionary to Australia and had also served in New Zealand.
1922
Birth of missions pioneer Bob Finley. In 1953 he chartered the Christian Aid Mission in Washington, D.C. Today, this evangelical group works in over 40 countries, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1952
Death of Matrona of Moscow (Matryona Nikonova) who had been born blind and early showed an ability to prophesy. She had adhered to the faith of the Orthodox Church despite being rendered homeless by the Soviets, and people had concealed her whereabouts so that she was never arrested and sent to the Gulag. She will be named a saint by her church.
1956
The General Conference of the Methodist Church, held in Minneapolis, demanded abolishment of racial segregation in all Methodist churches.
2008
A Muslim mob attacks the largely-Christian village of Horale, Indonesia, killing four Christians, wounding fifty-six, burning down three churches, the village school, and 120 homes.
2010
Roadside bombs explode and hit two buses filled with Christian students making their daily ride to the University of Mosul in Iraq. One hundred and sixty one are injured and Sandy Shabib will die from her injuries.
2011
Turkish authorities demolish the 200-year-old Greek Orthodox Chapel of Saint Thekla in Vokolida, Cyprus.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"