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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, December 27

537
The Hagia Sophia, a cathedral designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, is consecrated by Patriarch Menas in Constantinople. The innovative design is not only original but beautiful.
1603
Death in Warwick, England, of Thomas Cartwright, a Puritan author, educator, controversialist, and preacher who had frequently attacked practices of the Church of England as unbliblical, especially its manner of governance and its selection and appointment of clergy.
1637
Japanese rebels, among whom are many Christians, defeat a large samurai force dispatched by the governor of Nagasaki. Early the following year, shogunate warriors will defeat the rebels and force them to retreat to Shimabara. Beseiged there, they will succumb after a lengthy and valorous defense.
1774
English founder of Methodism, John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'God...frequently...makes young men and women wiser than the aged, and gives to many, in a very short time, a closer and deeper communion with himself than others attain in a long course of years.'
1784
In Baltimore, at its first General Conference held this side of the Atlantic, Francis Asbury, 39, was ordained the first bishop of the Methodist Church in America.
1840
George Duffield Jr. is ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in New York. He will be remembered as an eminent hymnwriter. His most famous hymn will be "Stand up, Stand up for Jesus."
1846
Friederich A. Craemer, operating a Lutheran mission in Michigan, baptizes his first Chippewa converts.
1855
Death of Josiah Conder, a journalist and editor who wrote scholarly Christian books and produced a popular Congregational hymnal. Among his own hymns were "Day by day the manna fell," "How shall I follow Him I serve?" and "The Lord is King! Lift up Thy Voice."
1943
The film "The Song of Bernadette" was released by 20th Century Fox. It told the true story of 14-year-old French Catholic peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who experienced 18 visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France in 1858.
1949
In Cincinnati, Ohio, the Evangelical Theological Society was organized. A conservative fellowship of North American theologians and Bible scholars, ETS promotes theological discussion and exploration within the context of a firm belief in the truthfulness of the Bible.

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