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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, May 8

Torture and beheading of Victor of Milan, a soldier in the Roman army, because he had revealed his Christian faith by destroying pagan altars.
Thirty-year old Julian of Norwich falls ill. Near death a few days later she will receive sixteen visions which she will later publish as Showings (also known as The Revelations of Divine Love).
Death of John Hough, bishop of Worcester, known for great generosity and also for being the president of Magdalen College, Oxford, whom James II ejected in his effort to restore Roman Catholic influence in England.
Moravian missionary David Zeisberger establishes a mission at Oxford, Canada.
Thomas Middleton, the first Bishop of Calcutta is consecrated privately because the India company fears publicity.
Sixty representatives of American churches and regional Bible societies who have gathered in the Garden Street Reformed Church, New York City, resolve to form the American Bible Society. Three days later they will adopt its constitution.
At a three-day convention in Augusta, GA, the Southern Baptist Convention was formed by 300 representatives from Baptist churches in Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina.
Edward Thomas Demby is ordained a priest while in Texas and will serve churches in Tennessee, Missouri, and Florida. He will also become the second African-American bishop (a suffragen, or assistant bishop) of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Death of H. G. C. Moule, British New Testament scholar. Firmly evangelical, he had been associated with the Keswick movement.
The executive committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches meets for a week in Ghana, homeland of its global leader, theologian and pastor Setri Nyomi.

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