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June 27

June 27, 444: Cyril, patriarch of Alexandria and author of several writings on the dual natures of Christ, dies. He opposed Nestorius, who supposedly taught there were two separate persons in the Incarnate Christ, one divine and the other human. Historians doubt, however, whether or not Nestorius actually taught this. In any case, Cyril deposed Nestorius in 430 (see issue 51: Heresy in the Early Church).

June 27, 1933: James Mountain, English revivalist and hymnwriter ("Like a River Glorious"), dies.

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August 9, 1883: Robert Moffat, pioneer missionary to southern Africa and inspiration (and father-in-law) to David Livingstone, dies (see issue 56: David Livingstone).

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