Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, December 1

1145
Pope Eugene III sent a papal bull to the French King, Louis VII, proclaiming the Second Crusade. Led by Louis and Emperor Conrad III from 1147-49, the crusade failed to accomplish its goal.
1521
Death of Pope Leo X, under whose reign Luther and his followers separated from the Catholic church.
1580
Edmund Campion, English Jesuit, is hanged in England at 42, falsely accused of treason against Queen Elizabeth's government.
1589
Edmund Spenser's poem The Fairie Queen is “entered,” a prepublication step necessary in England's days of government censorship. The author holds Christian beliefs.
1755
Death of English composer Maurice Greene, who wrote many works for the church, including the anthems "Lord, Let Me Know My End," and "Oh Clap Your Hands." A student of Jeremiah Clark, he in turn taught William Boyce and held several prominent musical positions.
1798
Birth of Albert Barnes, American Presbyterian clergyman and Bible commentator. An active supporter of revivalism, Christian education and social reform, Barnes is best remembered today for his "Notes on the Old Testament" and "Notes on the New Testament."
1817
Death of Justin Heinrich Knecht at Biberach, Germany. He had been one of the great church organists of his time.
1857
John Paton is licensed to preach the gospel. As a tract distributor in Glasgow Scotland, he will go door to door winning souls. Eventually he becomes a missionary in the New Hebrides islands.
1950
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Unwillingness to accept God's "way of escape" from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within.'
1999
Cuban Communists declare that henceforth citizens will be allowed to celebrate Christmas as an official holiday.

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