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This week in Christian history: English pope dies, ‘Christ and Culture’ author born, early church baptism controversy

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St. Cyprian (200-258), the Bishop of Carthage who was martyred for his beliefs. |

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. 30-Sept. 5, in Church history. They include the death of the only Englishman to be pope, the birth of a notable American Protestant theologian, and an early church debate on baptism.

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