Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, January 23

1656
Blaise Pascal publishes his first Provinical Letter, weighing in on the French controvery between Jansenists and Roman Catholics.
1755
Under the influence of the Methodist movement, English clergyman John Fletcher, 26, was converted to a living faith. He remained in the Anglican church but afterward became a chief defender of evangelical Arminianism.
1789
Father John Carroll establishes Georgetown College which will become Georgetown University.
1848
Charles Perry arrives in Australia and will become the first Anglican bishop of Melbourne.
1855
Death of Julius Hare, archdeacon of Lewes, one of Queen Victoria's chaplains and the author of several influential theological and polemical works, including Vindication of Luther against his Recent English Assailants (1854).
1893
Death in Boston, Massachusetts, of clergyman and educator Phillips Brooks, opponent of slavery and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
1935
British biblical expositor Arthur W. Pink wrote in a letter: 'Growth in grace is like the growth of a cow's tail - the more it truly grows, the closer to the ground it is brought.'
1943
The New Tribes Mission was incorporated in Los Angeles by founder Paul W. Fleming. NTM works today primarily in missionary aviation, Bible translation, church planting and the production and distribution of Christian literature.
1945
Nazis execute Helmuth James von Moltke, having said "the only trouble with you is you are a Christian."
2006
A Turkish higher court declines to say whether charges should proceed against novelist Orhan Pamuk for "insulting Turkishness." Pamuk had said, "Thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it." The Armenians were descendants of early Christians.

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