Letter by letter and word by word, Phillip Patterson is on a mission of understanding. With hands that sometimes tremble from an assortment of medications, the 60-year-old Patterson set out three years ago to write by hand the entire King James Version of the Bible. Each day is a practice in patience, determination and desire as he meticulously swirls and curls through each word, dotting each i and crossing each t with the precision of a surgeon.  From the dramatic, image-filled passages of Genesis and the epic tale of the Israelites' transformation from slavery to powerful kingdom, to the personal triumphs of Ruth and Esther and the operatic flow of the melodious Psalms, Patterson lives out story after story as they travel from pen to paper. For as many as 12 to 14 hours a day, Patterson works with an unbridled passion at a project which he may very well never see completed. Ideally, he would like to have the project, entitled "The Serenity of Knowing," finished by next year, which happens to be the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. That scenario seems unlikely, since he is only nearing the midpoint of the project after three years of pouring every ounce of passion in his soul into the undertaking. The long-time member of St. Peters Presbyterian Church tries very hard not to place too much emphasis on reaching specific time deadlines. Completing each day is a triumph in and of itself. The mortality of human life and the fact that the glow of another sunrise is not guaranteed is a fact of which he is all too painfully aware. For the last 24 years, Phillip Patterson has lived with AIDS. The purpose of "The Serenity of Knowing," according to Patterson, is to "honor the Bible" and to "make people aware that there is a message in the Bible for everyone. Sinners — and we all are sinners — need to know the have a place." "I see it as a part of my responsibility" Patterson insists, "to make people understand that the Bible and religion are for everybody." The former interior decorator says it was not religion that drove him to take on the project, but "a desire to understand what was really in the Bible." "Most of us have been spoon-fed the Bible," said Patterson. "A verse here and a story there is how we learned the Bible. We know it in pieces, but not as a whole. I wanted to see the big picture and at the same time encourage others to do the same." Patterson says the inspiration for the project came in 2007 during a conversation with his life partner of 20 years about the similarities between the Bible and the Koran. His partner, who is Muslim, pointed out that in Islamic tradition it is not uncommon for ordinary Muslims to write the Koran word for word.