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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 8

1115
Death of French monk Peter the Hermit at Neufmoutier-by-Huy. He had helped inspire the Crusades.
1153
Death of Blessed Pope Eugene III. He had fled to France during disturbances in Rome.
1413
Jan Hus's De ecclesia (On the Church) is read in Bethlehem chapel, Prague. Cardinal D'Ailly will later complain at the Council of Constance that it combats the pope's plenary authority as much as the Koran.
1623
Death of Pope Gregory XV in Rome from a fever, after several days in great misery.
1673
Death of Johann Rudolph Ahle, a composer of sacred music who had avoided polyphonic counterpoint and confined himself to the simple "chorale" style. Some of his songs will still be popular centuries later.
1716
Death of Robert South, a Church of England preacher, Latinist, and author well-known for participation in doctrinal controversies, often opposing with wit and invective the very positions he had formerly held, yet boldly attacking the vices of his age.
1741
Influencing the start of New England's 'Great Awakening,' colonial American theologian Jonathan Edwards preached his classic sermon, 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,' at Enfield, CT.
1792
Birth of Lowell Mason, Presbyterian pioneer of congregational singing. He composed over 1,000 hymn tunes, including BETHANY ('Nearer, My God, To Thee'), DENNIS ('Blest Be the Tie That Binds'), and HAMBURG ('When I Survey the Wondrous Cross').
1813
The remains of eccentric preacher William Huntington, formerly a coal shoveler, are transferred from a temporary grave at Tonbridge Wells to a permanent one at Lewes. The gravestone is inscribed with an epitaph he had written a few days before death, leaving space for dates and age: "Here lies the Coal-heaver, who departed this life [July 1, 1813] in the [69th]; beloved of his God, but abhorred by men. The Omniscient Judge, at the Great Assize, shall ratify and confirm this, to the confusion of many thousands; for England and its metropolis shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. W.H. S.S." S.S. means "Sinner Saved."
2001
Vonette Bright celebrates the release of a new series of books, My Heart in His Hands, at a Sunday reception in Atlanta. The four-book devotional series for women has been written to complement the seasons of a women's life through inspiring stories and Scripture verses, with much of the content culled from her Women Today radio program.

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