This Week in Christian History: John Brown Executed, Missionary Born, Excommunications Lifted

Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages.

Each week brings the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs, and everything in between.

Here are just a few things that happened this week, Dec. 2-8, in Church history. They include the execution of Christian abolitionist John Brown, the birth of a notable English missionary to China, and a ceremony in which the heads of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches lifted each other’s excommunications.