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Adolf von Schlatter

It Happened Today: Adolf von Schlatter’s Biblical Scholarship (1852)

He saw himself standing under, not over, Scripture.

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Time Flies

Devotional (2016 church year): Use your influence for good (1886)

Impossible as in reality it is to avoid exercising personal influence, there...

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1967

Death in New York City of John Courtney Murray, a Jesuit theologian and educator. He is best-known for his defence of the United States’ Constitution and his arguments against any effort by the Roman Catholic Church to bring about change within nations by means other than moral persuasion.

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Britannica.

1936

Death of hymnwriter Constance Headlam Coote at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, remembered for the hymn “In the Quiet Consecration.”

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Cyberhymnal.

1875

Evangelist, pastor, and educator Charles G. Finney dies at Oberlin.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1851

Repose (death) of Matrona Naumovna Popova who had founded the first hospice in the town of Zadonsk, a disciple of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk.

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orthodoxwiki.org.

1795

Ordination of Absalom Jones, formerly a slave, as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. He will become America’s first African-American Episcopal priest.

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archive.episcopalchurch.org

1773

A month-old papal brief by Pope Clement XIV is carried into effect, suppressing the Jesuit order in several nations. Forty-one years later Pope Pius VIII will formally restore the order.

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Standard encyclopedias.

1661

Death of Thomas Fuller, a popular preacher of seventeenth-century England. He had written two books which made him famous: A Church History of Britain and Worthies of England. A Royalist during the civil war, he was in such danger that he later remarked “All that time I could not live to study who did only study to live.”

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Britannica.

1642

John Campanius sails from Stockholm with his family to minister in Delaware. There he will learn the Lenni Lenape tongue and translate religious works into it, keep weather records, and consecrate the first Lutheran church built in the new world.

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“Campanius, John.” Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Scribners, 1958.

1532

Death of John the Constant (Elector of Saxony). He had been a leader of the princes who protested the measures taken by the Catholic-dominated Diet of Speyer in 1529 (thus becoming one of the first to be named a “Protestant”). He signed the Augsburg Confesssion and helped organize the Schmalkaldic League which protected the Protestant Reformation.

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Standard encyclopedias.