Religous History

Historical Events

  • 0392-11-08 Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion, state religion
  • 1552-08-02 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
  • 1555-09-25 Freedom of Religion in Augsburg
  • 1564-12-31 Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion
  • 1567-09-29 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX
  • 1571-01-11 Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion
  • 1609-07-06 Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
  • 1609-07-09 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
  • 1609-07-20 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1660-04-04 English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1669-02-01 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1681-11-09 Hungarian parliament promises protestants freedom of religion
  • 1689-05-24 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
  • 1740-06-22 King Frederik II of Prussia ends torture & guarantees religion & freedom of the press
  • 1829-04-13 The Roman Catholic Relief Act passed by the British Parliament; it was the culmination of the process of Catholic Emancipation throughout the UK.
  • 1839-11-03 Palace of Gulhane Turkey, freedom of religion proclaimed

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1703-06-28 John Wesley, English Christian theologian and co-founder of the Methodist movement, born in Epworth, England (d. 1791)

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • 1823-02-28 Ernest Renan, French philosopher/historian/scholar of religion
  • 1852-02-16 Charles Taze Russell, religion founder (Jehovah's Witnesses)
  • 1882-04-10 Simon F H J Berkelbach Van der Sprenkel, theologist (Fear & Religion)
  • 1890-03-18 Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education
  • 1921-05-19 Karel van het Reve, Dutch Slavist (Comrade's Religion)
  • 1946-02-07 Sammy Johns, rocker (Politics, Religion & Her), (d. 2013)
  • 1960-01-04 Michael Stipe, US rock vocalist (REM-Losing My Religion, Stand)

Famous Deaths

  • 1750-11-20 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, theologist (Christian religion), dies at 50
  • 1955-08-27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies