Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 23

877
Death of Ignatius, patriarch of Constantinople. He had held the position twice during a period of turmoil over icons. (He endorsed icons.)
1239
In England, the main cathedral at Wells (begun c.1186) was consecrated. The most striking interior feature of the cathedral are the inverted arches (14th century) by which the piers of the tower are strengthened.
1385
The University of Heidelberg is founded in Germany with approval of Pope Urban VI as a college of the Cistercian order.
1641
In retaliation for numerous abuses by Protestant overlords, Irish Catholics massacre some English Protestant settlers. The result is a bitter war in which both sides will commit atrocities. The hatreds developed will smolder for centuries.
1819
Hiram Bingham, Asa Thurston, and other missionaries sail for the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) to undertake what will be a successful evangelistic work.
1857
Delegates from eight states met in Nashville and organized the Southern Baptist Sunday School Union. The organization proved short-lived, when it was nullified by the onset of the American Civil War.
1871
Birth of Edgar J. Goodspeed, American Greek N.T. scholar. He taught at the University of Chicago 1898-1937. In 1931, he co-authored with JMP Smith "The Bible: An American Translation," better known today as "Smith and Goodspeed."
1930
Under the influence of his mother, Chinese leader Chiang Kai Shek converts to Christianity.
1963
Bishop Manuel Larrain of Chile addresses Vatican II with a call for every member of the church to be a witness to the gospel, and for the church to help the poor.
1976
Death in Sri Lanka of Lakdasa de Mel, the first indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

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