Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 47

that you have intellectual knowledge, but you are illuminated; there’s a gnostic dimension to this of knowing and becoming wise and a receiving of the Holy Spirit, which guides you. That’s really symbol- ized not in the water but in the anointing, very often. And then the fourth symbol was that symbol that I mentioned, which comes from Paul’s letter to the Romans; largely the idea of being buried and being reborn. We talk about newborn, born again, rebirth language. I think where I was really expecting to write just a short kind of closing chapter about the re-creation of paradise and the new; that eighth day experience. I expected that to be kind of a short conclusion and it became, for me, the whole point of the book. This is an environmental moment, this is a moment of thinking about the world and its creation and God’s intention for its re-creation. This is the coming of the end; of the coming of the beginning. The renewal of everything and not just me as an individual, but the whole world. That was something that I didn’t know until I was almost a third of the way into writing that chapter. I thought, “Right, this is the really important one.”  I wasn’t expecting it to be, so I was surprised by that.  It is always good to grow, right? I think that’s why I write. I think I write to learn things. I don’t think I really write to tell things, I think I write to learn things.