Notable Swedish Christians: Johann Zachariah Kiernander

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  Johann Kiernander (1710-1798) has the distinction of being the first protestant missionary to Bengal, India. Born in a small village in central Sweden, he studied at Uppsala and then at Halle, Germany. He was ordained in 1739 after agreeing to go to Cuddalore, India for the…

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The Curiosity Index (30.01.2016)

So I missed a day on Friday due to a losing battle with a dishwasher. Normal service has been resumed & the dishwasher has been sent to the great scrap metal merchant in the sky. Also, how is it the end of January already? Trump, refugees and the ban You may have heard that President Trump signed an executive order banning nationals of various nations from entering the US. Alistair Roberts sorts through the moral confusion However, in many respects we are now seeing the profound tension that exists between the spectacle…

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