Celebrating 25 Years of Just Thinking Magazine
Posted by Danielle DuRant on December 2, 2016
“Just Thinking”: A Note from the Editor
“Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself from thinking,” penned Aldous Huxley in his collection of short fiction Mortal Coils. His observation is perceptive and personally revealing. A decade before, at the age of seventeen, he gave up his dream to become a scientist when he lost his eyesight. Huxley soon turned to writing, and as Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac reports, “He wrote his first novel in the months after he lost his eyesight. He typed the whole thing without even being able to see what he was typing, and he never read it, having lost the manuscript.”
One need not be a writer to fathom his great loss and marvel at his perseverance and creativity. Huxley would go on to write several important works of fiction and nonfiction including his novel Brave New World. Published in 1932, it is stunningly prescient and timeless, foreseeing the troubling affairs of relationships, love, and ethics we wrestle with today.
Twenty-five years ago, Ravi Zacharias envisioned a culturally engaging journal that explored timeless truths; he named it Just Thinking. The idea behind his title is the scriptural injunction that we are called to love God with our whole selves, including our minds; to think justly and hence respond accordingly. Micah 6:8 compels us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
I have had the great privilege of producing and editing Just Thinking since my initial days at RZIM and the first issue: a four-page black-and-white leaflet featuring Ravi’s article “The Dying Art of Thinking.” What was once printed three times a year and mailed to a few thousand people is now an award-winning quarterly journal available in print, online, and on IPad and Kindle for countless readers across the globehttp://rzim.org/just-thinking/editors-note-celebrating-25-years-of-just-thinking-magazine/.
Beginning with this issue, we celebrate the 25th anniversary year with some classic essays as well as new ones. Ravi’s lead article is an excerpt from his 2004 book I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah. His briefer message by the same name remains one of the most popular and requested resources from our radio (and now podcast) audiences. Other articles expand upon the theme of love and commitment and consider forgiveness, generosity, judgment, and kindness. Ravi’s column “Think Again” fittingly closes Just Thinking where it first began, with his very first article, “The Dying Art of Thinking.” Here he draws upon Huxley’s insight that “Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself from thinking.” Reading Ravi’s piece again, I am struck by his enduring words that are even more relevant today in our world of constant distraction.
Just Thinking exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life. May this issue encourage and inspire each of us to think and act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God.
Danielle DuRant, editor