Today in Christian History
Authorites in Toulouse, France, cut out Lucilio “Giulio Cesare” Vanini's tongue, then strangle and burn him as an atheist and libertine. He had promulgated pantheistic views and addressed nature as a goddess.
Pioneer missionary Samuel Newell married fellow Congregationalist Harriet Atwood. They afterward sailed for India with Adoniram and Ann Hasseltine Judson. (Harriet Newell and Ann Judson thereby became the first American women commissioned for missionary work abroad.)
Death of Claudius Buchanan, in England. He had been a chaplain and educator in India where he had done much to advance the gospel and free missionaries from the control of the East India Company.
Birth of William True Sleeper, New England Congregational clergyman and author of the hymns "Jesus, I Come" and "Ye Must Be Born Again."
After the success of Mazzini and his followers and the flight of Pius IX from Rome, an Italian assembly declares the temporal power of the pope abolished.
Mary Stone, a Chinese missionary doctor, sails from Shanghai bound for the United States to receive medical care she desperately needs.
American pioneer linguist and missionary Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'The sense of being led by an unseen hand which takes mine, while another hand reaches ahead and prepares the way, grows upon me daily.'
Alexander Solzhenitsyn is arrested at the German front and charged with conspiracy to overthrow Stalin's government because of a letter he had written a friend criticizing the Communist leader's actions. He will be sent to the Gulag where he will find faith.
Dave Wilkerson, a pastor in Pennsylvania, decides to sell his TV and pray two hours a night. He goes on to do a notable work among the gangs of New York City.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"