Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 11

335
Athanasius leaves Alexandria in response to a summons to appear at a synod in Tyre, but when he learns that the council has made up its mind to condemn him, he will proceed to Constantinople and make his case to Emperor Constantine.
1382
Death of Nicolas Oresme, a French bishop who had written extensively against astrology and developed graphing techniques later used by Galileo and other scientists - among many other worthwhile contributions to knowledge.
1533
Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII for divorcing Catherine of Aragon, andafterward marrying Anne Boleyn. Two years later, Henry broke with Rome and established theAnglican communion as the national religion of England.
1656
Ann Austin and Mary Fisher become the first Quakers to arrive in America but are promptly arrested. Five weeks later, they will be deported back to England.
1681
Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh, is executed, on the accusation of treason because of his Roman Catholic faith. He becomes the last Catholic in England put to death for his faith.
1713
Death of Baptist hymnwriter Joseph Stennet who produced hymnals and wrote a few hymns that are still remembered, chiefly "Another Six Day's Work Is Done."
1924
Eric Liddell wins the Olympic 400 meter race in Paris after he had rejected an opportunity to run in the 100 meter race because its heats were on a Sunday: he believes it is a violation of God's Sabbath command to run on Sunday.
1953
Tanganyikan Catholic bishops issue a pastoral letter titled Africans and the Christian Way of Life.
1955
American Presbyterian missionary Francis Schaeffer observed in a letter: 'No priceis too high to have a free conscience before God.'
1967
The Vatican reported that Albania had closed its last Roman Catholic church.(Albania is a tiny Balkan country with an area only the size of Maryland.

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