December 4: Today in Christian History

December 4: Today in Christian History

December 4, 749

Death of Greek Orthodox theologian and poet John of Damascus near Jerusalem. The last great doctor of the Greek church, he had been a strong defender of the use of icons.

December 4, 963

A Roman synod deposes wicked Pope John XII. He had been just eighteen years old when elected.

December 4, 1093

St. Anselm is consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury. He had fashioned the ontological argument for God’s existence and is often credited with being the father of scholasticism.

December 4, 1154

Adrian IV (Nicholas Breakspear) is elected Pope, the first Englishman to hold the position. At the beginning of the twenty-first century he will still have been the only English pope.

December 4, 1532

Drops of molten silver injure the Shroud of Turin during a fire.

December 4, 1896

Death from fever of Peter Cameron Scott in Kenya. The founder of the African Inland Mission he is not yet thirty.

December 4, 1917

All ecclesiastical property in Russia is confiscated.

December 4 1942

Death of Roland Victor Bingham, who persistently attempted to evangelize the Sudan between 1893 and 1902, and co-founded the Sudan Interior Mission.

December 4, 1964

 Medical missionary Dr. Paul Carlson appears on the cover of Time magazine. He had become a symbol for events in the Congo when he was seized by Simba rebels who executed him.

December 4, 1972

President Idi Amin ousts fifty missionaries from Uganda, charging that they have connections with Israel and South Africa. 

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