Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 6

1320
The remains of Saint Michael, Prince of Tver (Russia), martyred by a Khan, are placed in a church he had built in honor of the Transfiguration.
1529
Anabaptist leader and evangelist George Blaurock is burned to death for "heresy" in Hapsburg, Germany. He had established congregations in the Austrian Tyrol till caught.
1657
The Catholic Church places Blaise Pascal's Provincial Letters on the Index of Prohibited Books. The Letters defended Jansenism, a Catholic reform movement, against Jesuit opponents.
1748
Death at Bath, England, of Bishop Edmund Gibson, who had produced a definitive and scholarly work on English ecclesiastical law, Corpus Juris Ecclesiastici Anglicani.
1806
Baptism of Pran Krishna, a recent convert from Hinduism. About this time, he writes a hymn that begins, "Being in great fear, I came and sat at your feet." He will eventually be driven from his village and he, his wife, and children will have cow dung hurled in their faces. He becomes a successful evangelist throughout India.
1860
Three preachers collapse from fatigue, unable to cope with the overwhelming number of inquirers in a Glasgow revival.
1907
Pius X issued the encyclical "Pascendi dominici gregis," in which he condemned the "modernist" movement within the various branches of Christendom. The document also established councils to combat these "modern errors."
1955
Muslims in Instanbul riot against Christians and Greeks, gutting or sacking sixty of the city's eighty Christian churches.
1958
Anna-Greta Stjarne, thirty-two year-old missionary, is shot and killed by bandits as she rides in a car in Ethiopia. Her funeral will be held four days later.
1968
Latin American bishops gathered in Medell

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