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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, October 30

1536
Power is redistributed between the church and the state in Denmark and Lutheranism becomes the official religion of the nation.
1738
English founder of Methodism John Wesley explained in a letter: 'By a "Christian," I mean one who so believes in Christ as that sin hath no more dominion over him.'
1779
Christian poet and former slave Phillis Wheatley publishes a notice in the Evening Post and General Advisor of Boston requesting subscriptions for a new book of poems.
1831
Baptist minister and escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and jailed in Jerusalem, Virginia.
1853
Consecration in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, of James Roosevelt Bayley to be the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Newark. He later became Archbishop of Baltimore.
1855
William H. Miles professes a hope in Christ. He will become one of the early bishops of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.
1879
A Council of Protestant missionaries in Tokyo undertakes translation of the Old Testament into Japanese.
1897
Well-known Congregationalist minister and publisher Lyman Abbott delivers an address in New York at the funeral of economist Henry George, who had proposed that the economic rent of land should be shared by society rather than being owned privately.
1902
Leo XIII publishes Vigilantiae, an apostolic letter founding a commission of eminent men, whose duty it will be be to defend Scripture.
1976
Dr. Joseph H. Evans was elected president of the United Church of Christ. It made him the first African-American leader of this predominantly white denomination.

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