Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, May 27

669
Theodore of Tarsus arrives in Canterbury to serve as Archbishop. He will visit the whole of England, establishing the Roman date for Easter and settling bishops in all the sees except London.
1096
Archbishop Ruthard hides 1,300 Jews from anti-Semitic mobs, but the rioters find and massacre all but a handful.
1341
A council of bishops in Constantinople declares heretical the views of Eastern Orthodox theologian Barlaam the Calabrian. Barlaam and his supporters had argued against the hesychast method of prayer and against the theological teaching that the light at the transfiguration and the fire in the burning bush were examples of the uncreated energies of God. After his condemnation, Barlaam will become a Roman Catholic.
1564
Death at Geneva of John Calvin, reformer and theologian.
1702
Death at Clermont of Jesuit author Dominique Bouhours, best known for biographies of Loyola and Xavier.
1799
Birth of George Washington Doane, American Episcopal clergyman. One of the foremost promoters of Episcopal missions in his day, Doane also authored many hymns, including "Fling Out the Banner! Let It Float" and "Softly Now the Light of Day."
1831
Christian explorer Jedediah Smith is surrounded and killed by Comanche Indians at a water hole near the Cimarron River.
1924
The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, meeting at Springfield, Maryland, repealed its ban on dancing and theater attendance.
1944
Billy Graham gets his start in big-city evangelism at a Youth for Christ rally at Orchestra Hall in Chicago ten days before D-Day.
1969
Xu Chenping becomes the Catholic bishop of Hong Kong where he will seek to implement the instructions of Vatican II.

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