Today in Christian History
Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, meets Emperor Constantine outside Constantinople. Constantine flies into a rage when someone accuses Athanasius of holding up grain shipments from Egypt.
Power is redistributed between the church and the state in Denmark and Lutheranism becomes the official religion of the nation.
Death in Strasburg, Germany, of Jacob Sturm. He had been an ardent champion of Lutherans and had signed the protest presented to the Diet of Spires from which Protestants got their name.
Baptist minister and escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and jailed in Jerusalem, Virginia.
Consecration in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, of James Roosevelt Bayley to be the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Newark. He later became Archbishop of Baltimore.
A Council of Protestant missionaries in Tokyo undertakes translation of the Old Testament into Japanese.
Well-known Congregationalist minister and publisher Lyman Abbott delivers an address in New York at the funeral of economist Henry George, who had proposed that the economic rent of land should be shared by society rather than being owned privately.
Leo XIII publishes Vigilantiae, an apostolic letter founding a commission of eminent men, whose duty it will be be to defend Scripture.
Dr. Joseph H. Evans was elected president of the United Church of Christ. It made him the first African-American leader of this predominantly white denomination.
The body of Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, abducted eleven days earlier by the Polish secret police, is found with marks of torture.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"