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Slave Trade Captain, John Newton, has Miraculous Conversion Experience at Sea. He Would Later Write "Amazing Grace"

Slave Trade Captain, John Newton, has Miraculous Conversion Experience at Sea. He Would Later Write “Amazing Grace”

"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." So begins one of the most beloved hymns of all times, a staple in the hymnals of many denominations, New Britain or '45 on the top' in Sacred Harp. The author of the words was John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved by amazing grace. Newton was born in London July 24, 1725, ...
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Young America's Miraculous Defeat of the French Fleet

Young America’s Miraculous Defeat of the French Fleet

On this day, a national fast was observed throughout America for the Lord to protect them as a fleet and armament to recover... Novascotia, and to lay waste the whole seacoast from Novascotia to Georgia. A large fleet of 70 ships neared the coast when Reverend Prince at the Old South Meeting House in Boston (as well as ministers throughout America) prayed for help. Historian Catherine ...
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Handel's 'Messiah' is First Performed in Dublin, Ireland

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is First Performed in Dublin, Ireland

Without question, one of the most famous pieces of music ever written or performed is Handel’s Messiah.  Note that the title of this work is not ‘The Messiah’, but simply Messiah.  Above you will see one of the more flattering portraits of Handel.  Handel was a German born in Halle in 1685.  When he was old enough, because he wanted to compose opera, he moved to ...
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Ben Franklin: "Thou abhorrest in Thy creatures treachery and deceit, malice, revenge, Intemperance and every other hurtful Vice..."

Ben Franklin: “Thou abhorrest in Thy creatures treachery and deceit, malice, revenge, Intemperance and every other hurtful Vice…”

Benjamin Franklin in his 'Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion', November 20, 1728: "It is that particular wise and good God, who is the Author and Owner of our system, that I propose for the Object of my praise and adoration. For I conceive that He has in Himself some of those passions He has planted in us, and that, since He has given us ...
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Benjamin Franklin: “Whoever would Overthrow the Liberty of a Nation must Begin by Subduing the Freeness of Speech.”

Benjamin Franklin: “Whoever would Overthrow the Liberty of a Nation must Begin by Subduing the Freeness of Speech.”

Silence Dogood, No. 8 Printed in The New-England Courant, July 9, 1722. On June 11 the Courant had insinuated that the Massachusetts authorities were not making proper exertions to capture a pirate vessel reported to be off the coast.3 Exasperated by this “High Affront,” the latest of many, the General Court the next day ordered James Franklin to be confined in jail for the remainder of the ...
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Benjamin Franklin: "Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech."

Benjamin Franklin: “Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”

"Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." - The New England Courant, July 9, 1722 ...
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The Modern Era of Freemasonry Begins when Four Freemasonic Lodges in London United into One Grand Lodge

The Modern Era of Freemasonry Begins when Four Freemasonic Lodges in London United into One Grand Lodge

On June 24, 1717, the four freemasonic lodges in London were united into a Grand Lodge (sometimes called the Grand Mother Lodge) by three members who met at the Apple Tree Tavern, thus beginning the era of modern Freemasonry. Rather than being a guild of stone masons and builders, they altered their philosophy and became a pseudo-religion who "tried to cooperate with the Church so as ...
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Yale Founded to Further Christianity by Ministers Unhappy with the Liberalism at Harvard

Yale Founded to Further Christianity by Ministers Unhappy with the Liberalism at Harvard

It may come as surprise that when Yale University was founded on this day, October 16, 1701, it was by Congregationalist ministers unhappy with the growing liberalism at Harvard. It wasn't called Yale then, of course, but rather the Collegiate School. The ministers donated forty books and declared their objective, that "Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences who through the blessing of God ...
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“The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial” is Published by Judge Samuel Sewall (One of Jefferson's Sources for an Early Draft of the Constitution)

“The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial” is Published by Judge Samuel Sewall (One of Jefferson’s Sources for an Early Draft of the Constitution)

One of the overlooked sources for Jefferson’s early draft was a now largely forgotten pamphlet written by Judge Samuel Sewall in 1700 titled , “The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial.” It is a remarkable document, one of the earliest antislavery declarations published in the American colonies. It’s very much a religious essay. The odds are that Sewall, a prominent Boston Puritan, actually read it in his ...
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