The third of my four part argument for typological realism through the conceptual metaphor of music has just been published on the Theopolis Institute:
Music’s revelation of time’s potential to be a realm of unity and coherence affords us new ways of conceiving typology. Rather than abstracting typology from time or opposing type to some antitypical reality, typology can be understood in terms of God’s rich orchestration of covenant history and his developing witness to it. The process of revelation takes time, because it is musical in character, because time is integral to its manner of meaning-making (synchronic type-antitype models of typology raise the question of why the advent of the reality had to tarry so long for supposedly hollow signs). The meaning that is made through revelation is to be understood typologically or figurally, as we follow the unfolding development of the movements of God’s great redemptive symphony.