Quodlibet

The Second Iteration

by Donald T. Williams

"Et iterum venturus est"; "And he shall come again." —The Nicene Creed

There are lots of things God does that are worth doing again: sunrises, sunsets, seasons. He is faithful and consistent, and they do not fail. He is also infinitely creative, so each one is new and different, and they never get old. He repeats, but he is not repetitive. (There is a lesson here for human artists: mere novelty is not really all that creative.)

This pattern will reach its climax in the second iteration of the Coming of his Son. That is something to ponder.

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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