Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 22

1660
King Charles II of England presents a proposed Declaration of Indulgence to Independents and bishops, who offer suggestions for revision. Three days later the revised declaration is promulgated.
1746
Revival leader Jonathan Dickinson obtains a charter for the College of New Jersey to train Presbyterian pastors. It will become Princeton University.
1844
Between fifty thousand and one hundred thousand followers of Baptist lay preacher William Miller prepare for "The Day of Atonement" - the day Jesus will allegedly return.
1899
Missionary James B. Rodgers holds the first Protestant baptism in the Philippines.
1903
Death of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of English Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Their marriage had lasted thirty-six years, until Charles' death in 1892, and she had engaged in many minstries alongside her husband.
1922
Death in Jacksonville, Florida, of James William Charles Pennington, an escaped slave who had become a Presbyterian pastor and abolitionist, author of the autobiographical The Fugitive Blacksmith and of the first history of African Americans published in the United States.
1952
The complete Jewish Torah was published in English for the first time. A collection of oral and written commentary (dating 200 BC to AD 500) on the first five books of the Old Testament, the Torah comprises the basic religious code of Judaism.
1966
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth declared in a letter: 'God makes no mistakes.'
1969
Harold John Ockenga, a leading fundamentalist, is inaugurated as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
1997
Death of Emmanuel Adekunle Atilade, who had been an educator, writer, poet and composer, but above all a zealous pastor and evangelist for the Nigerian Baptist Convention and Gospel Baptist Conference.

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