Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, July 30

381
Emperor Theodosius issues a decree from Heraclea, containing the names of bishops who are to be regarded as orthodox in their respective districts.
1540
Robert Barnes is burned at Smithfield for heresy without a public hearing for his Reformation views.
1547
John Knox is captured by the French. He had become the chaplain of the killers of Cardinal Beaton of St. Andrews. When the French capture their castle, he is sentenced to the galleys. Eventually he will escape the galleys to become a leader of the Scottish Reformation.
1750
Lutheran missionary Christian Friedrich Schwartz arrives in Tranquebar, India. He will become one of the most successful missionaries of his century to India.
1784
Fray Francesco Palou, a former schoolmate of Fray Junipero Serra and a brother friar, records the death of his famous predecessor as the last entry of Serra's parish record of all baptisms, marriages, and deaths.
1820
Johann Gossner, a German evangelical, preaches his first Russian sermon to a jammed church in St. Petersburg. Many Russians will be converted through his influence.
1822
James Varick becomes the first bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
1956
By an act of Congress, signed by President Eisenhower, 'In God We Trust' becamethe official U.S. motto.
1964
Wu Weizun, a staunch Christian of Tianjin, China, who has suffered severely for his faith, is summoned by the police and his house is searched. Because he refuses to say anything during his interrogation, acting on three principles he has established for himself based on God's word (non-resistance, not disputing, and not begging) he is sent to a detention center. He will be treated with great harshness and his wife compelled to divorce him. However, he determines to follow Christ at any cost and will do so with consistency for decades.
1976
Death of Rudolf Bultmann, 92, German Bible scholar and one of the three majorpioneers of modern form 'criticism' (i.e., 'analysis') of the New Testament Gospels.

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