Guest Post: The fractal God – It’s all the same to him


Science and Belief

If you find something that has a pattern and you crank up the magnification and see the same pattern, you’ve found a fractal — an object that’s self-similar at different scales. Nature is full of them. Tree branches fork the same way when they are the size of trunks or the size of twigs. Rivers split the same way into deltas and streams and trickles. All broccoli is roughly fractal but there is an insanely fractal variety called Romanesco, ideal for feeding to mathematicians. Snowflakes are fractal, as are many organs – the lungs, kidneys, pancreas and brain, for example.

6792412657_367fd41fc7_bFractal vegetable [Romanesco] by Rum Bucolic Ape. Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0) ‘Fractal’ is a helpful lens for looking at God and God-stuff. For example:

Parables of the Kingdom are fractal. When Christ taught about the Kingdom of God being like a mustard seed that grew to be a great plant…

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