A Military coup in America?
In 2018, I had the privilege of visiting George Washington's Mount Vernon for a summer residency and teacher institute. The lead scholar for the institute was Dr. Bill Fowler, professor at Northeastern University in Boston, and former director of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He described the moment in which Washington made his speech. He also demonstrated the way Washington ended his speech by reading a letter from Joseph Jones ensuring everyone that Congress would live up to its responsibilities to them. To read the letter, the commander-in-chief took his new glasses out of his coat and stated, "Gentlemen, you must forgive me. My hair has grown gray and my eyes have grown dim in the service of my country." It is said that there was not a dry eye in the house.
Almost immediately, the group agreed to follow Washington's advice and allow the new government to fulfill its mission.
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Our focus for this study hinges on answering these two big questions. The goal is to get closer to the answers each week in our class.
Is the Bible accurate and dependable?
Running Some Numbers (& More Significant Information about the Manuscripts)
When speaking of the Bible, we have many manuscript copies, meticulously written one stroke at a time to ensure that it remains correct and intact. Generally speaking, they come to us in two different handwriting forms, similar to the different copies of Washington's speech. In Chapter 3, the author of our text, How We Got the Bible, describes the around 650 uncials as being written in all capital letters. An example of this all-caps style, without spacing or punctuation, is found on page 35 of our book.
Some 5,300 manuscripts in the other group, referred to as cursives or miniscules, are described (as their name implies) as being written in cursive and in small letters. He wrote that, "The miniscules did not make their debut until the ninth century and thus are of less value."
Three major copies are known as:
These are discussed in Neil Lightfoot's book on pages 36-41.
We contend that the Bible and everything it contains is supported by:
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Should faith alone be enough to drive you to drive you to your knees? Is "blind" faith a stronger kind of faith? If so, then why did God provide so much evidence?