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This week in Christian history: 'Silent Night' performance, Quaker theologian, George Whitefield born

St. Nikola Church
Historical photograph of the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, also known as St. Nikola Church; the modern-day Silent Night Chapel was later built in its place. |

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 just a few things that happened this week, Dec. 23-30, in Church history. They include the first performance of “Silent Night,” the birth of a prominent Quaker theologian, and the birth of famed evangelist George Whitefield.

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