There is a Creation. And there is also a New Creation. God created the universe in 6 days and on the 7th, He rested. His other stupendous work was when the Second Person of the Trinity became incarnate and took the evils and sufferings of His creation into Himself, dying to atone for them, and rising again. His resurrection took place on the day after the Sabbath, an 8th day.
The early Church made much of this symbolism. Sunday was considered not the first day of the week but the 8th day. Baptismal fonts were octagonal. Now that Christ has risen from the dead, we live in the age of the New Creation, the 8th day. After the jump, an excerpt from an essay by Dale Coulter on the Christian vs. the secular view of progress, drawing on the 8th day. [Read more…]