Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 25

1142
Death of William of Vercelli, the founder of the Hermits of Monte Vergine, also known as Williamites.
1439
The Council of Basel proclaims that it has cast down Pope Eugenius, calling him a disturber of the peace, a simoniac, perjurer, incorrigible, schismatic, heretical, and errant in faith.
1530
The leaders of the Reformation present the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V - an explanation of the position and beliefs of Lutherans.
1600
Death of David Chytraeus who had played an important role in the writing of the Lutheran Church's Formula of Concord.
1684
Death in Warwick Lane, London, of Robert Leighton, archbishop of Glasgow. One epitaph says, “Here rest the remains of Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane, afterwards Archbishop of Glasgow. In an age of religious strife he adorned the doctrine of God his saviour by a holy life and by the meek and loving spirit which breathes through his writing.” He had said that rather than preach to the age, he preferred to preach Jesus Christ and eternity.
1744
The first Methodist conference convened, in London. This new society within Anglicanism imposed strict disciplines upon its members, formally separating from the Established Church in 1795.
1784
The Byzantine chapel named Bogdan Serai, used by Christian envoys to the Turkish Porte, is destroyed in a fire.
1862
Ludwig Nommensen lands on the island of Sumatra to begin the mission work for which he will be famous.
1957
During a convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the United Church of Christ (UCC) was formed by a merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
1962
In the ruling Engel v. Vitale, the United States Supreme court bans official prayers in public schools on a case brought from New York, saying that such prayers are unconstitutional as a violation of the separation of church and state.

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