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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, November 8

324
[probable date] Emperor Constantine proclaims his mother Helena "Augusta" (the most prestigious honorary title available). Thereafter her image will often appear on imperial coins.
1308
Death at Cologne of John Duns Scotus, Scottish-born philosopher who tangled with the great thinkers of his day and advocated the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. His philosophy was so difficult to understand that he was called the "subtle doctor."
1828
Missionary Marie Gobat describes this as the hardest day of her life. Forced to cross the Egyptian desert with a sick child, she will speak of the journey with tears to the end of her life.
1837
Mary Lyons opens Mount Holyoke Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts, the first US college established especially for women.
1842
Orange Scott and two other ministers withdraw from the Methodist Episcopal Church, repudiating its compromises on slavery and other issues, and begin publication of The True Wesleyan. Their action will lead the following year to formation of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection.
1863
Huang Guagcai becomes the first Chinese clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church in China.
1889
Birth of Oswald J. Smith, Canadian clergyman. Founder of the People's Church of Toronto, Smith also authored a number of books and composed more than 1,200 hymns, including "The Song of the Soul Set Free."
1904
Emile Combs introduced a bill for the separation of Church and State in France. The bill passed in December 1905, thereby ending the Concordat of 1801 and allowing complete liberty of conscience.
1951
American Presbyterian missionary Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'The higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand.'
2011
The Grand Mufti of Kashmir, India, has the police arrest Anglican pastor Chandra Manni Khana on various vague religious charges. He had recently baptized seven Muslim converts.

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