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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, November 13

Death in Ostia, Italy, of Monica, prayerful mother of Augustine of Hippo.
Death of Pope Nicholas I the Great, who had been a strong proponent for Roman primacy in the church.
Johann Gerhard, who will become perhaps the most influential 17th-century Lutheran theologian, takes his doctorate of theology at the University of Jena.
In the Dutch commune of Dordrecht, the Synod of Dort convened to discuss the Arminian controversy vexing the Reformed faith. In the end, about 200 Arminian (Remonstrant) ministers were deposed and fifteen were placed under arrest and later expelled from the country.
Massachusetts passes a law against Baptists, calling them "troublers of churches" and subjecting them to banishment.
Anglican missionary to Persia, Henry Martyn wrote in his journal: 'God and eternal things are my only pleasure.'
Death of Edward Mote, English cabinetmaker and hymnwriter. He penned the lines to the hymn "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less."
Death of Prince Owusu-Ansa, who had worked as a Methodist evangelist in Ghana for many years. He had become a Christian while held hostage by the British.
Death of Francis Thompson, the English poet who wrote "The Hound of Heaven," showing how God in grace pursued him after he had wrecked his life with opium addiction.
Lenin writes to Maxim Gorki, "Every religious idea, every idea of God, even flirting with the idea of God, is unutterable vileness...."

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