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, telling tribulations, inspirational progress, and everything in between.
Here are just a few things that happened this week, Nov. 19-25, in Church history. They include the birth of a famed evangelist, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the death of an influential Christian author.
Billy Sunday Born - November 19, 1862
This week marks the anniversary of when famous American evangelist and popular preacher Billy Sunday was born.
A native of Ames, Iowa who had a successful career as a professional baseball player, Sunday became a born-again Christian in 1886 and decided to become a preacher.
"Following the lead of the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody, and with the aid of a choir director named Homer A. Rodeheaver and a score of revival 'specialists,' he conducted more than 300 revivals with an estimated attendance of 100,000,000," noted Britannica.
"[Sunday] claimed that 1,000,000 'hit the sawdust trail' to come forward and profess their conversion to Christ as a result of his preaching. Considered by some critics a sensationalist, he nevertheless gained the enthusiastic support of evangelical churches and influential laymen."
Mayflower Compact Signed - November 21, 1620
This week marks the anniversary of when the pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, which History.com labeled "the first written framework of government established in what is now the United States."
"The compact was drafted to prevent dissent amongst Puritans and non-separatist Pilgrims who had landed at Plymouth a few days earlier," noted History.
Although the document lists its date as Nov. 11, this was due the English still using the old Julian calendar rather than the modern Gregorian calendar, which listed the date as Nov. 21.
The Compact begins with the declaration "In the name of God, Amen" and notes that one of the objectives of the colony will be the "advancement of the Christian faith."
C.S. Lewis Dies - November 22, 1963
This week marks the anniversary of the death of renowned Christian author, intellectual, and apologist Clive Staples Lewis, or C.S. Lewis for short.
A veteran of the First World War, Lewis was a prolific writer whose notable fiction and nonfiction works include The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters.
Lewis' death came about an hour before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and on the same day of Aldous Huxley.
In a 2013 interview with the UK Independent, Lewis' stepson Doug Gresham recounted that he "didn't think much about the timing."
"I didn't intellectualise the whole thing. It was a situation of being numb and carrying on, irrespective of what was going on in the wider world," recalled Gresham.
"Because my world had suddenly become very small and I ceased to be interested in anything else. Grief is a selfish thing – it shuts out everything except your own pain."