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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, August 13

Death of St. Maximus the Confessor, who had been a vigorous opponent of Monothelitism. Dreadfully persecuted, he had been humiliated, had his tongue cut out and his right hand chopped off. Monothelitism was the heresy that Christ had a divine, but no human, will.
Manteo becomes the first Native American baptized as a Protestant, taking the baptismal name Jack Straw. Sir Walter Raleigh will also name him Baron of Roanoke and Dasamongueponke.
The first Welsh immigrants to the American colonies arrived in Pennsylvania. They were Quakers, and settled near modern Philadelphia.
In the German village of Herrnhut, religious reformer Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, 27, organized a group of Bohemian Protestant refugees into the first Moravian community of "Unitas Fratrum" (united brotherhood).
John Witherspoon assumes the presidency of Nassau Hall (i.e. the original Princeton).
Martin John Spalding is ordained in Rome. He will become bishop of Louisville, Kentucky, where he will work tirelessly to expand the Roman Catholic Church, and will found the American College at Louvain.
Ganga Narayan Sil, a learned convert from Hinduism, preaches his final sermon. Although never formally ordained, he had preached in streets and in chapels, winning Hindus and Muslims to Christ.
Missionary James Stewart arrives in Cape Town, South Africa. He will found the Lovedale Center.
Death of Ira D. Sankey. He had been Dwight L. Moody's song evangelist for three decades, and had penned many hymn tunes, including the tunes to which "Faith is the Victory" and "Simply Trusting Every Day" are sung.
The Guardian reports charges by a Brazilian prosecutor that Edir Macedo and ten associate leaders in the eight-million-member Universal Kingdom of God, siphoned billions of dollars of charitable contributions on lavish personal expenses.

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