Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, July 5

649
Consecration of Pope Martin I, known for his opposition to Monothelitism, the teaching that, although Christ had two wills - the human and the divine - the divine will was so dominant that it deprived the human of any ability to act.
1294
The hermit Peter de Murrhone becomes Pope Celestine V. Unfit for the position, he will resign within six months.
1439
Delegates of the Orthodox Greeks sign an Act of Union with the Roman Catholic church, accepting the Latin formulas. However, the union will never take place, because the laity and clergy of the Orthodox church will resoundingly reject the agreement.
1525
Balthasar H
1767
Death of ministerial student Michael Bruce at twenty-one years of age. He had written the hymn "How Happy is the Child Who Hears" and other poems showing some talent but did not receive credit for them for a hundred years, his literary executor having passed them off as his own productions.
1844
During the Kensington riots, Protestants wheel a brace of cannon to St. Phillip Neri's church in Philadelphia. The local militia defend the church, several people die, and Irish Catholics are indicted for murder and rioting.
1903
Death of English theologian William Burt Pope. His Compendium of Christian Theology had set forth in three volumes the strongest arguments of his day for the holiness doctrine of Methodism.
1928
Charles Pean, a Salvation Army worker, sails as a misisionary to notorious Devil's Island.
1963
In an instruction given by the Holy Office, disposal of the dead by cremation was officially granted sanction by the Catholic Church. (Belief in the resurrection of the dead had previously made cremation repugnant to many Christians.)
2007
Unidentified opponents behead Rev. Pau Za Khen, a sixty-two-year-old Lutheran pastor in northeastern India's Manipur. Khen had been abducted from his daughter's home by four men the previous day. He was found with his hands tied behind his back and his eyes blindfolded.

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