Editor's Note from November 12, 2015
The main warning I’ve given to prospective writers for The Behemoth is that we don’t do polemics. Debates can be helpful. Iron sharpens iron. But while The Behemoth runs a lot of articles that draw from science, we won’t argue about origins or climate change or most of the fights people think about when someone says “Christianity and science.” We’re a magazine searching for awe, wonder, and beautiful orthodoxy.
More recently, I’ve started adding another warning: We try very hard not to publish sermon illustrations. Like debates, sermon illustrations can be wonderful and helpful. (Hello, friends at PreachingToday.com!) But sometimes, when I hear science used to illustrate a theological point, it can suck a lot of the life out of the science story. (The same can be true for historical anecdotes.) I want the science to provoke awe and wonder. I don’t want it just to be an example for “the real point.”
But my favorite Behemoth pieces are the ones that don’t end with the science, where a discovery about the world truly prompts thinking about who God is. And in this issue, Joel Bezaire’s piece on fractals and Chad Meeks’s article on zombie ants both show a real love for their subjects and a real desire to think about what kind of God created them. I’ll admit I was skeptical about both pitches at first. But I can’t argue with their results.
- Why Fractals Are So Beautiful
We’re finding infinitely complex, self-similar shapes all over creation. And we’re just getting started. /
- I Want to Be a Zombie Ant
How a fungus can turn an insect into a new creature bent to its own will. /
- The Handsome, Pun-Loving Missionary Who Teased Popes
Columbanus died 1,400 years ago this month, having re-evangelized Western Europe. /
- Big Cottonwood Canyon
“Resurrection must be like this” /
- Wonder on the Web
Issue 35: Links to amazing stuff.