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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, November 25

2348 BC
According to Archbishop James Ussher's Old Testament chronology, the Great Deluge ("Noah's Flood") began on this date.
450
Empress Pulcheria marries General Marcian in Constantinople on the stipulation he keep her virginity inviolate.
1491
Boabdil, the Unlucky, capitulates to Christian rulers Ferdinand and Isabella, yielding Granada and ending the last Moorish toehold in Spain.
1807
Anglican missionary Henry Martyn wrote in his journal: 'With thee, O my God, there is no disappointment; I shall never have to regret that I loved thee too well.'
1820
English poet and Oxford Movement leader John Keble, 28, penned the words to the hymn, "Sun of My Soul" ("Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear, It is not night if Thou be near....").
1877
Ahmed Fahm, an Egyptian Muslim, having converted to Christianity, is baptized. When he refuses to return to Islam, his relatives kidnap him and show him weapons intended to kill him. He will gain his release and travel to Scotland to obtain a theological education, returning to Egypt to work with a mission and found a clinic.
1899
Death of Robert Lowry, Baptist clergyman who wrote many beloved hymn tunes, including the music to "All the Way My Savior Leads Me," "I Need Thee Every Hour," "Nothing But the Blood of Jesus," and "Marching to Zion."
1900
Death of Willibald Beyschlag, a German theologian and church leader, editor, and founder of the Protestant League. Although a pietist and an evangelical, he had rejected the formula developed by the Council of Chalcedon (which stated that Christ has two natures coming together to form one person) and the rationalism of David Strauss and Ernest Renan that denied the divinity of Christ. He was also a strong proponent of separation of church and state.
1935
Sun Chu Kil, who had been at the heart of Korean revival and resistance to Japanese occupation, collapses while preaching at a Bible conference. He dies the next day.
1954
Death in Lakeville, Connecticut, of Presbyterian minister Henry Sloane Coffin, a leader in liberal evangelicalism in the United States, and for nineteen years president of Union Theological Seminary.

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