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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, July 21

1773
Death of Welsh evangelist Howell Harris.
1829
Birth of public school teacher Priscilla Jane Owens. A Methodist who remained inBaltimore all her life, she left behind two enduring hymns: 'We Have an Anchor' and 'JesusSaves.'
1833
Death from malaria of Melville Cox, missionary to Liberia, who had said, "Let a thousand fall before Africa be given up!" He had been the first missionary sent by the Methodists of America.
1886
The cardinal's hat was conferred upon Elzear Alexandre Taschereau, 66, archbishopof Quebec. He was the first Canadian to be made a cardinal in the Catholic Church.
1889
Death at Rostock, Germany, of Michael Baumgarten, a theologian and active promoter of free church life.
1900
Albert Schweitzer, who will become a famed theologian and missionary, is licensed in theology.
1953
Methodist bishop Garfield Bromley Oxnam voluntarily appears before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and expressed outrage that he was suspected of communism, declaring he had spoken against it all his life. He had probably fallen under suspicion because his social activism brought him into contact with other suspected individuals.
1958
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'What the devil loves is thatvague cloud of unspecified guilt or unspecified virtue, by which he lures us into despairor presumption.'
1967
Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli is struck by a train and dies. A Congregationalist, he had been at the forefront of resistance to Apartheid in South Africa, an effort he tied to his Christian beliefs: "The road to freedom is via the cross." He had been the Nobel Peace Prize winner six years earlier.
2003
Israeli authorities arrest Oded Golan, an antiquities dealer, whom they accuse of forging the inscription on the James ossuary. The charges will later be dropped and many archaeologists will remain convinced the object is authentic because of the old patina (a surface film caused by oxidation) in its letters.

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