Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, March 14

968
Death of Matilda of Ringelheim, German queen, and mother of Emperor Otto I. Because she had been charitable and founded monasteries and churches, she will be regarded as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
1528
Basel passes a law that all Taufer (Anabaptists, etc) not forsaking their errors be fined
1559
French-born Swiss reformer John Calvin wrote in a letter: 'If your labors, where you now are, are sterile, and if here an abundant harvest awaits them, which is the most forcible tie? the one by which God draws you hither, or the one that detains you there?'
1661
William Leddra of Barbadoes becomes the last Quaker executed for his faith in Boston.
1858
Death of John Mason Peck at Rock Spring, Kentucky, having worn himself out as a frontier circuit rider and Baptist educator.
1908
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was chartered in Waco, Texas. Originally named Baylor Theological Seminary, the school campus relocated in 1910 to Fort Worth.
1912
Death of Albert L. Peace, 68. One of the noted Scottish organists of his day, Peace composed many cantatas, organ pieces and hymn tunes -- including the enduring ST. MARGARET, to which the Church today sings George Matheson's "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go."
1930
Constantine Asklipiodovich Khlynov, serving as an Orthodox priest in Novorozhdestvenka, Bolsherechensky region, Siberia, is arrested by Communists. He will be accused of anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation, and sentenced to death - a sentence that will be carried out in Omsk on June 8, 1930.
1937
An encyclical letter issued by Pope Pius XI warns Germans against the cult of blood and myths. It is written in German instead of the usual Latin to ensure that it is widely understood.
1961
The New Testament of the New English Bible was simultaneously published by both the Oxford and Cambridge University Presses. (The complete Old & New Testament of the NEB was published in 1970.)

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