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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 2

311
Miltiades was elected 32nd pope of the Catholic Church. During his pontificate,Christianity was finally tolerated by Rome, following the Emperor Constantine's conversion to the Christian faith.
862
Death of St. Swithun. Hardly mentioned in his own day, his name will be invoked in church reform a century after his death, giving rise to many legends, as that he asked to be buried where "passersby might tread on his grave and where the rain from the eaves might fall upon it."
1505
Terrified by a thunderstorm, Martin Luther vows to become a monk and soon afterward enters the order of Augustinian Hermits.
1515
William Tyndale is created an MA. He will place the Bible above philosophy and make an English translation of God's word that will become the basis of the Authorized version.
1636
French Jesuit Isaac Jogues arrives in Quebec, where he will be martyred.
1752
The first Bible in America printed in English was published in Boston.
1865
William Booth preaches the first of nine sermons in a ragged tent pitched on an unused Quaker graveyard. The name of his organization is the East London Christian Mission, precursor of the Salvation Army.
1918
Death of Washington Gladden, 82, a popular Congregational theologian of the Social Gospel. He also authored the hymn, 'O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee.'
1921
At Zang Xien, China, Wang Ming-dao preaches his first public sermon, taking as his text, "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand." He will become the "father" of China's house church movement, rejecting assimilation into the official Communist-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Church system.
1931
Execution by Communists in Tomsk province (Siberia) of Constantine Victorovich Korostelov and Nicholas Victorovich Korostelov, two brothers who are Orthodox priests.

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