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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, 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.
1003
(tentative date) Death of Athanasius the Athonite when the cupola of his church collapses. He had been notable for bringing monastic order to the hermits of Mt. Athos, Greece.
1294
The hermit Peter de Murrhone becomes Pope Celestine V. Unfit for the position, he will resign within six months.
1439
Delegates of the Orthodox Greeks sign an Act of Union with the Roman Catholic church, accepting the Latin formulas. However, the union will never take place, because the laity and clergy of the Orthodox church will resoundingly reject the agreement.
1525
Balthasar H
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.
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.
1768
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'We are reasonable creatures, and undoubtedly reason is the candle of the Lord. By enlightening our reason to see the meaning of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit makes our way plain before us.'
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.
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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