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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, November 13

287
Death in Ostia, Italy, of Monica, prayerful mother of Augustine of Hippo.
867
Death of Pope Nicholas I the Great, who had been a strong proponent for Roman primacy in the church.
1606
Johann Gerhard, who will become perhaps the most influential 17th-century Lutheran theologian, takes his doctorate of theology at the University of Jena.
1618
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.
1644
Massachusetts passes a law against Baptists, calling them "troublers of churches" and subjecting them to banishment.
1804
Anglican missionary to Persia, Henry Martyn wrote in his journal: 'God and eternal things are my only pleasure.'
1874
Death of Edward Mote, English cabinetmaker and hymnwriter. He penned the lines to the hymn "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less."
1884
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.
1907
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.
1913
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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