March 24: Today in Christian History

March 24, 1603

Death of Queen Elizabeth I of England who had taken the final steps to make Anglicanism the state religion of England.

March 24, 1726

Death in Salisbury of Daniel Whitby, a clergyman of the Church of England. He had engaged in many controversies, especially against Calvinists, and had adopted Unitarian opinions. Although not the first postmillennialist, his legacy will be a systematic form of postmillennialism (the teaching that the church has supplanted Israel and that through gospel preaching Jews and Muslims will be converted, the pope destroyed, and a thousand years of righteousness will prevail on earth, followed by a short apostasy, after which Christ will finally return).

March 24, 1824

Brazil’s new constitution makes Roman Catholicism the official religion, but permits all other religions.

March 24, 1842

Lutheran pastor Friedrich Schmid establishes a training center near Ann Arbor, Michigan, to prepare missionaries to the American Indians.

March 24, 1922

First medical class of missionary-doctor Ida Scudder graduates in Vellore, India. The medical school she founded grew to become one of Asia’s foremost teaching hospitals.

March 24, 1948

Death in exile of Nikolai Berdyaev, a Russian Orthodox political theorist and associate of Jacques Maritain and his circle. “The substance of life can only be religious. It is an entering into the life of God, that is, into true Being.”

March 24, 1971

Popular Nigerian Gospel Preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleman was born on this day in Christian History.

March 24, 1980

  • Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdanez is martyred by sniper fire while saying mass in San Salvadore. He had been a vocal opponent of San Salvadore’s brutal military.
  • Popular Nigerian Preacher Pastor Bolaji Idowu was born on this day.

March 24, 1982

Popular Nigerian Preacher, Pastor Damilola Oluwatoyinbo was born on this day.

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