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A Letter That Changed History Galatians 3:23-29

A Letter That Changed History

Writing to the Galatians, Paul shocked the religious world by asserting that we are made right with God by faith.

At a Glance

We begin by looking at some letters that open a window into history -- not necessarily world-changing history, but history nonetheless. Then we move to the apostle Paul's letter in which he clarifies what it means to live by faith. This is a letter that makes a world of difference!

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Titanic Possessions," June 21, 1998, at

Once upon a time, people wrote letters. Not text messages, tweets or e-mails, but true epistles. Pens were actually put to paper. And these letters changed history, in ways both big and small.

First, the small changes.

A letter killed Charlotte Braun. Charlotte who? Charlotte Braun was a pushy version of Charlie Brown, the classic Peanuts character created by Charles Schulz. According to mental_floss magazine (October 2012), Charlotte Braun was introduced to the comic strip in November 1954, prompting a fan to write a letter to Schulz complaining about the obnoxious...

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