Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, November 21

1430
The Burgundians sell Joan of Arc to the English.
1526
Francis I, King of France, sends the Provost of Paris to forcibly remove De Berquin from the conciergerie where he is held by enemies of the Reformation. De Berquin seeks reformation without rupture from Rome, but three years later his enemies will use an absence of the king to burn De Berquin to death.
1638
A general assembly at Glasgow abolishes the episcopal form of church government and puts the Presbyterian form in its place.
1647
Paul of Aleppo is ordained an Archdeacon in the Syrian Melkite church. He will be known for his chronicle The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch, an important source of information for events of his time. He will also write a History of the Patriarchs of Antioch.
1852
Union Institute was chartered by the Methodists in Randolph County, NC. Renamed Trinity College in 1859, the campus moved to Durham in 1892. Tobacco magnate James B. Duke endowed the school with $40 million in 1924, upon which its name was changed to Duke University.
1899
President McKinley tells five visiting clergymen he had not wanted the Philippines, but since they had come into the care of the United States, he had gone down on his knees and prayed to Almighty God for guidance what to do with them. The answer he believed was "that there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God's grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died."
1948
The Sunday morning religious program "Lamp Unto My Feet" first aired over CBS television. It became one of TV's longest-running network shows, and aired through January 1979.
1953
Newspaper headlines around the world announce that the Piltdown Man is a hoax, to the immense satisfaction of those Christians who had rejected the theory of evolution.
1964
The third session of Vatican II approves a "Decree on Ecumenism" that declares both Catholics and Protestants to blame for past divisions and calls for dialogue, not derision, in the future.
1979
Death in Beijing of Zhao Zichen, who developed an influential but anti-supernatural theology and eventually lost his faith entirely, but not before suffering for it at both the hands of the Japanese and the Communists.

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