This week in Christian history: Catholic theologian dies; pope martyred; France abolishes tithes

French Revolution
The Storming of the Bastille and arrest of the Governor M. de Launay, July 14, 1789, which began the French Revolution. |

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 three things that happened this week, Aug. 2-8, in Church history. They include the death of a controversial Catholic theologian, the martyrdom of an early church leader, and France abolishing state-sponsored church tithes.

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