July 25 in Christian History

Jul 25, 2011 10:54 AM EDT

0325 - The Council of Nicea closed. Regarded as the first 'ecumenical council,' its 300 attending bishops drafted the Nicene Creed and fixed the formula for Easter Sunday.

1741 - English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Your extremity shall be God's opportunity.'

1845 - Canadian-born Catholic missionary Francois Blanchet was consecrated bishop of the Pacific Northwest. He devoted 45 years to planting churches, and is remembered today as the 'Apostle of Oregon.'

1899 - Birth of Stuart K. Hine. While an English missionary to the Ukraine, Hine pennedthe English words to an oft-sung Swedish hymn, known today as 'How Great Thou Art.'

1968 - Pope Paul VI published the encyclical 'Humanae Vitae.' It restated the Catholicposition on the family, and condemned all artificial methods of birth control.

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