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Re: Psalm 46
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1697  Thursday, 28 August 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003 06:03:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1689 Re: Psalm 46 [Blame it on the Brits!]
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1689 Re: Psalm 46 [Blame it on the Brits!]

Al Magary writes, "Much is made by conspiracy theorists and other
obsessives of coincidences.  A coincidence, it is thought, *must* be
proof positive.  That is, however, an entirely fallacious approach to
assembling a body of proof, for we live in a very complicated universe
in which it would be a utterly impossible if there *were* no
coincidences.  The universe is awash in information that is duplicated,
quadruplicated, octuplicated...  Vast books such as the Bible and
Finnegans Wake can be used to prove anything.  Skepticism is the best
single tool for both the scholar and the web surfer...  Coincidentally,
I have a cousin of the same name.  Comments and theories about this are
welcome."

Ok: but let me take them in reverse order.  As a genealogist, I can
assure you that cousins by the same name are not unusual, and have
nothing to do with coincidence; just the opposite, the name threads in
families has new parents naming their children after grandparents,
uncles, aunts, cousins, et al.  In my case, my name is derivative
through 6 generations, with only one, my grandfather, having a different
middle name.  So, in conclusion, we can say that coincidence has rarely
nothing to do in genealogy with names; and names are selected based on
previous names in families, and names popular at the time for various
reasons.  Guess how many middle names in America are "Wilson" around the
time of WWI?  Can you tell me why?  It has nothing to do with
coincidence, but is based on derivative information and because names
are created by people with minds who are influenced by the past, we can
usually find a factual basis for their appearance at certain times.

In the case of the Will S and 46/46 question of Psalm 46 in the KJV, I
would remind you all again that there are correlative facts in the
biography of Will S, his times, and those involved, and labeling the
usages of cryptograms by the Brits as coincidence does not cut it.

The Brits have been famous for cryptograms.  That is not to say that
ipso facto the 46/46 event in Psalm 46 is an intended cryptogram!  But
having looked at all the correlative evidence, one is draw to a best
conclusion that one cannot dismiss the event as coincidence.

Gather the facts, and ye shall know: in the diction of the day!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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