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“If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evid...”

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. “A World Split Apart.” Commencement address delivered at Harvard University, June 8, 1978.


The Tongue Is a Restless Evil (1899)

A gentle tongue is a tree of life —Proverbs 15:4 (ESV). How many are the sins of the tongue—how many, and ho...



Viking raiders devastate the Christian community on Lindisfarne island (off the coast of England) by looting and slaughter.

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John Yukinoura Jirocmon is executed on the remote Japanese island of Nakai no shima. He dies saying, “From here it is not far to Paradise.”

Authority for the date: Turnbull, Stephen. The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan. Japan Library, 1998.


Seven bishops who refuse to violate the English constitution by accepting an arbitrary Declaration of Indulgence promulgated by King James II without parliamentary approval, are arrested and taken to the Tower of London. They will be found not guilty when tried.

Authority for the date: The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Death at Halle of Christian pastor and philanthropist August Hermann Francke.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


French revolutionaries in Paris, having rejected Christianity and the Catholic  Church, celebrate the first Feast of the Supreme Being at Notre Dame, with an actress playing the part of the Goddess of Reason.

Authority for the date: Paul Collins, Absolute Power


Dr. John Scudder and his associates Spaulding, Winslow, and Woodward, with their wives, sail from Boston on the brig Indies, bound for Calcutta as missionaries. Scudder will be especially influential because he is a medical doctor and surgeon. His daughter Ida will in due course also become a notable medical missionary.

Authority for the date: Creegan, Charles C. Pioneer Missionaries of the Church.


(Whitsunday) King George of Tonga and participants from Tonga, Fiji, and Somoa gather to celebrate Tonga’s new constitution and Christian government. Remembering with shame their former way of life, they break into sobs when they begin to sing “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun / Doth his successive journeys run.”

Authority for the date: E. R. Pitman. Lady Hymn Writers. T. Nelson and Sons, 1892.


Death of H. R. Mackintosh, a Church of Scotland theologian, and professor of systematic theology at New College, Edinburgh, until a year before his death. His wrote The Doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ, carefully assessing theologies and heresies regarding the understanding of Christ’s incarnation and arguing for the kenotic theory.

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