Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, April 30

418
Roman Emperor Honorius issues an imperial edict banishing Pelagians from Rome as a great threat to peace. They seemed to teach that people have a say in their own salvation apart from grace.
418
Roman Emperor Honorius (who ruled 395-423) issued a decree denouncing Pelagianism, which taught that humanity can take the initial and fundamental steps toward salvation by its own efforts, apart from divine grace.
1367
Pope Urban sails from Avignon to Italy to restore the papacy to Rome.
1524
Death in battle of Chevalier de Bayard, considered the epitome of a Christian courtier and one of the finest soldiers in France, a “knight without fear and without reproach.”
1658
Marguerite Bourgeoys establishes the first uncloistered Catholic misisonary community in the new world at Ville Marie, Canada.
1841
Birth of Orville J. Nave, the U.S. Armed Services chaplain who compiled the "Nave's Topical Bible" -- still in print!
1854
Death at Mount Sheffield, of James Montgomery, author of the Christmas carol "Angels from the Realms of Glory."
1882
Nlemvo (Mantantu Dundulu) converts to Christianity, the first Protestant convert in the Congo. He will collaborate in translating the New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms into the Kikongo language, with other Christian literature.
1904
Birth of John T. Benson, Jr, religious composer and former president of Heartwarming Music in Nashville. His best-known sacred composition was the hymn, "Love Lifted Me."
1944
English scholar J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in a letter: 'Evil labors with vast powers and perpetual success -- in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in. So it is in general, and so it is in our own lives.'

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