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  • Issue 99
    Issue 99
    Faith & the American Presidency
  • Issue 98
    Issue 98
    Christianity in China
  • Issue 97
    Issue 97
    The Holy Land
  • Issue 96
    Issue 96
    The Gnostic Hunger for Secret Knowledge
  • Issue 95
    Issue 95
    The Gospel According to J.S. Bach
  • Issue 94
    Issue 94
    Building the City of God in a Crumbling World
  • Issue 93
    Issue 93
    St. Benedict & Western Monasticism
  • Issue 92
    Issue 92
    America’s 20th Century Evangelical Awakening
  • Issue 91
    Issue 91
    Michelangelo: Art for Faith’s Sake
  • Issue 90
    Issue 90
    Adoniram & Ann Judson: American Mission Pioneers
  • Issue 89
    Issue 89
    Richard Baxter & the English Puritans
  • Issue 88
    Issue 88
    C. S. Lewis: Pointing People to Reality
  • Issue 87
    Issue 87
    Christianity in India: A Faith of Many Colors
  • Issue 86
    Issue 86
    George MacDonald: Writer Who Inspired C.S. Lewis
  • Issue 85
    Issue 85
    The Council of Nicaea: Debating Jesus’ Divinity
  • Issue 84
    Issue 84
    Pilgrims & Exiles: Amish, Mennonites, & Brethren
  • Issue 83
    Issue 83
    Mary in the Imagination of the Church
  • Issue 82
    Issue 82
    Phoebe Palmer: Mother of the Holiness Movement
  • Issue 81
    Issue 81
    John Newton: Author of “Amazing Grace”
  • Issue 80
    Issue 80
    The First Bible Teachers
  • Issue 79
    Issue 79
    African Apostles: Black Evangelists in Africa
  • Issue 78
    Issue 78
    J.R.R. Tolkien & Lord of the Rings
  • Issue 77
    Issue 77
    Jonathan Edwards: Puritan Pastor & Theologian
  • Issue 76
    Issue 76
    The Christian Face of the Scientific Revolution
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January 25, 98: Upon the sudden death of Emperor Nerva, Trajan takes the throne. In 110, he asked Pliny the Younger to investigate a new superstition, "Christianity." Pliny's report of a relatively harmless though widespread cult led to moderate persecution—and the first recognition that Christians were distinct from Jews (see issue 27: Persecution in the Early Church).

January 25, 1627: Noted physicist and chemist Robert Boyle is born in Ireland. After a lifetime of writing about ...

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