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. 12-18, in Church history. They include the arrest of an influential Christian author and a discovery by a famed British missionary.
John Bunyan Arrested - November 12, 1660
This week marks the anniversary of when John Bunyan, author of the famous Christian Allegory The Pilgrim's Progress, was arrested for illegal preaching.
While in the hamlet of Lower Samsell in Bedfordshire, Bunyan was arrested at a worship gathering just as he was about to begin his sermon.
At issue was Bunyan's dissenting religious beliefs, as the Puritan preacher found himself at odds with a Church of England that regained power lost during the rule of Oliver Cromwell.
While imprisoned at Bedford County Jail, Bunyan went to writing up most of what became The Pilgrim's Progress, a widely read book first published in 1678.
In a 2013 article, The UK Guardian placed Bunyan's opus on their list of the 100 best novels written in the English language.
"It was an immediate success. A second edition appeared before the end of 1678, with many new passages, a third in 1679, and several subsequent editions before Bunyan's death in August 1688," explained the Guardian.
"The Second Part of The Pilgrim's Progress was published in 1684, with a second edition in 1686. Eventually, the English text comprised some 108,260 words. It has never been out of print, and has been translated into more than 200 languages."
David Livingstone Reaches, Names Victoria Falls - November 16, 1855
This week marks the anniversary of when famed nineteenth-century Scottish missionary David Livingstone reached the large waterfall he named Victoria Falls at the border of present day Zambia and Zimbabwe.
An explorer and abolitionist, Livingstone discovered the imposing waterfalls, called Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders") by natives, as part of a years-long transcontinental journey.
"We have a sense of his wonder at the sight, for later he would write of 'Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.' The great waterfall has been known as Victoria Falls ever since," explained historyhit.com.
For his part, Livingstone was said to have planted seeds of various fruits at the falls and also carve his name into a nearby tree.
"The discovery of the falls by White men has been attributed to the Portuguese, other explorers and Boer hunters including Jan Viljoen, but there is no proof of such claims," noted South African History Online.
"Today the falls form part of two national parks, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and is one of Southern Africa's major tourist attractions."