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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, July 5

649
Consecration of Pope Martin I, known for his opposition to Monothelitism, the teaching that, although Christ had two wills - the human and the divine - the divine will was so dominant that it deprived the human of any ability to act.
1294
The hermit Peter de Murrhone becomes Pope Celestine V. Unfit for the position, he will resign within six months.
1581
At the request of the States of Holland and Zealand, William of Orange assumes "entire authority, as sovereign and chief of the land" as long as war with Spain shall continue. The conflict pitted Protestants vs. Catholics.
1589
Thomas Belson is hanged at Oxford, England, for assisting Catholic priests who were operating despite laws against the practice of their religion.
1767
Death of ministerial student Michael Bruce at twenty-one years of age. He had written the hymn "How Happy is the Child Who Hears" and other poems showing some talent but did not receive credit for them for a hundred years, his literary executor having passed them off as his own productions.
1833
Henry Wilson, the Anglican bishop of Calcutta, India, states that the caste system must be abolished in Anglican churches. "Those who belong to Christ must give proof of having really put off . . . the old, and having put on the new man in Christ Jesus" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
1844
During the Kensington riots, Protestants wheel a brace of cannon to St. Phillip Neri's church in Philadelphia. The local militia defend the church, several people die, and Irish Catholics are indicted for murder and rioting.
1903
Death of English theologian William Burt Pope. His Compendium of Christian Theology had set forth in three volumes the strongest arguments of his day for the holiness doctrine of Methodism.
2004
Close of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring three hundred and fifty icons from thirty countries. At an opening address for the exhibit, Patriarch Bartholomew had said, "May the works in this exhibit lead us to the right path of true faith from which true spiritual power derives."
2007
Unidentified opponents behead Rev. Pau Za Khen, a sixty-two-year-old Lutheran pastor in northeastern India's Manipur. Khen had been abducted from his daughter's home by four men the previous day. He was found with his hands tied behind his back and his eyes blindfolded.

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