Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, March 18

978
In Saxon England, youthful Edward “the Martyr” is assassinated at the instigation of Queen Elfrida who wants to place his half-brother Ethelred on the throne. Although this is a political assassination, Edward's piety and defense of the church has been such that the priests and common people consider him a martyr. Rome will include him in its roll of those who died for the faith.
1123
The First Lateran Council opens in Rome. Convoked by Pope Callistus II, it mainly repeats and confirms earlier decrees but is the first "ecumenical" council held in the West.
1314
Philip the Fair of France burns thirty-nine Knights Templars at the stake in Paris on charges which appear trumped up. He wishes to seize their wealth.
1612
Bartholomew Legate becomes the last person burned to death in England for heterodox religious opinions.
1728
Death at Lewisham of George Stanhope, a moderate leader in church politics and one of the commissioners that oversaw the building of fifty churches in London after the great fire.
1830
Death at Goruckpore of Seeta-Ram, who, despite ill health, and all that it cost him in social ostracism, had shared the gospel publicly and privately for about twelve years with his Hindu compatriots.
1861
The Metropolitan Tabernacle first opened in London. It was the church at which famed English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon pastored.
1968
Death in Pasadena, California, of Charles Edward Fuller, founder of Fuller Theological Seminary and well-known as the voice of the radio program The Old Fashioned Revival Hour.
1980
Muslim students at the University of Alexandria threaten Mr. Edmonds, a Christian student, demanding he denounce his faith or die. When he refuses, they beat him unconscious and leave him with a broken arm.
1983
Death of Catherine Marshall in Boynton Beach, Florida. She was a Christian writer of talent and influence, author of A Man Called Peter, the biography of her first husband, Peter Marshall.

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