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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, August 9

1253
Pope Innocent IV approves Clare's rule for the Poor Clares.
1378
French bishops declare Pope Urban VI's election invalid because of the mob pressure put on them to elect an Italian pope. However, Urban's overbearing behavior is the real reason for the action. Thus begins the Great Schism in which two and three popes rule at once.
1644
English Parliament orders Roger Williams's book The Bloudy Tenent to be burned by the public hangman. Bloudy Tenent is an appeal for liberty of conscience against the "bloudy" practice of persecution.
1765
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'You have but one Pattern; follow Him inwardly and outwardly. If other believers will go step for step with you, well; but if not, follow Him!'
1831
Mary Groves M
1884
Birth of Kenneth Scott Latourette, Baptist church historian. Teaching at Yale from 1921-53, his greatest writings were his 7-volume History of the Expansion of Christianity (1937-45) and 5-volume Christianity in a Revolutionary Age (1958-62). Latourette died a bachelor.
1933
Death of hymnwriter William H. Draper at Clifton, Bristol. He had translated into English the hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King" by Francis of Assisi.
1942
English Bible expositor Arthur W. Pink wrote in a letter: 'Waiting on the Lord (Isa. 40:31, etc.) describes an attitude of soul when we are engaged in true prayer, but waiting for the Lord is the exercise of patience while His answer tarries.'
1951
Arrest of Jesuit bishop Tsiang Beda of Shanghai. Chinese officials had asked him to head China's state-run church and he refused. He will die in prison.
1992
Zareef Moreed Iskander, a Christian building contractor from Beni Khalid, Egypt, is murdered by militant Muslims, who accuse him of working on a church without a building permit.

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