Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, April 28

1220
Work on Salisbury Cathedral begins under the auspices of Bishop Richard Poore.
1550
Death of Georg von Polentz. He had been the first Reformation bishop of Samland and Pomesania, a region in Prussia.
1721
In England an order in council is issued, denouncing “Hell Fire” societies whose members allegedly held meetings to ridicule religion and offer blasphemous toasts.
1839
Birth of Vernon J. Charlesworth, English clergyman and headmaster at Charles Spurgeon's Stockwell Orphanage. Today, Charlesworth is remembered as author of the hymn, "A Shelter in the Time of Storm."
1872
Frances Havergal, in Winterdyne, England, writes the words to the hymn "A Worker's Prayer" aka "Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak." One stanza reads, "O teach me, Lord, that I may teach /The precious things Thou dost impart; /And wing my words, that they may reach /The hidden depths of many a heart."
1874
Birth of Susan Strachan, missions pioneer. Working together with her husband Harry Strachan, in 1921 she helped found the Latin America Mission in Stony Point, NY.
1911
Thousands of Genevans demonstrate for five hours against a religiously inspired ban on gambling. A shocked Karl Barth is appalled at their mindless slogans and comes out in support of the ban.
1916
Death in New York City of Congregationalist clergymen and social gospel advocate Josiah Strong, who had sought to apply Protestant ideals to social problems. He had been a strong advocate of missions, believing that only redemption through Christ could change people's behavior. His most influential book had been Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis.
1939
Soviets arrest Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova, daughter of a priest, on grounds that she leads a counter-revolutionary church cell in Stalinabad. She will be imprisoned and eventually shot for counter-revolutionary activity, dissemination of Christian teaching among prisoners, and refusal to work for the atheist regime.
1973
Death at Toulouse of Jacques Maritain, a leading neo-Thomist philosopher.

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