Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, July 25

325
The Council of Nicea closed. Regarded as the first 'ecumenical council,' its 300attending bishops drafted the Nicene Creed and fixed the formula for Easter Sunday.
408
Death of St. Olympias, a friend of the notable preacher and martyr John Chrysostom.
1566
Philip becomes Metropolitan of Moscow, chosen by Tsar Ivan IV "the Terrible," who will have him strangled three years later because of his bold stands against the Tsar's blasphemies and cruelties.
1593
Henry IV of France renounces Protestantism and adopts Catholicism in the Church of St. Denis, Paris.
1741
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Your extremity shall beGod's opportunity.'
1845
Canadian-born Catholic missionary Fran‡ois Blanchet was consecrated bishop of thePacific Northwest. He devoted 45 years to planting churches, and is remembered today as the'Apostle of Oregon.'
1899
Birth of Stuart K. Hine. While an English missionary to the Ukraine, Hine pennedthe English words to an oft-sung Swedish hymn, known today as 'How Great Thou Art.'
1918
Death of Walter Rauschenbusch, famed theologian of the social gospel
1929
The Soviets arrest the Orthodox priest Peter Gavrilovich Tsetayev in Kurgan province. They will sentence him to three years' imprisonment in keeping with their anti-Christian policies.
1968
In the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) Pope Paul VI restates the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to artificial birth control.

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