Archives for January 2017

To Read This Poem

Type in the following characters or identify below each photograph containing one or more egrets. (FTWA: the egret is a member of the heron family, usually buff or white, developing fine plumes during breeding season. I should add they are a most majestic bird. In fact, this poem is about egrets, but you won’t be […]

Media Ecological Poetry: “Religious Climate”

Dr. Read Mercer Schuchardt and his colleague, Dr. William Irwin have recently published a swift but piercing piece called “Religious Climate.” It’s William Carlos Williams meets Neil Postman doused in Scriptural truth. What could possibly be cooler? Religious Climate by William Irwin and Read Mercer Schuchardt

The Cultivated Life

Who can deny that the popular lyrics “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right” aptly describe our political culture? Likewise, who is bold enough to deny that the “circus life” is an apt metaphor for large portions our life?

A brief note on “millennials” and their “problem”

Wired published a piece in their September 2016 issue titled “Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey into the Social Media Lives of Teens.” It consisted of mini-portraits of five individuals from across the country. The author, Mary H. K. Choi, writes gracefully, allowing them the flexibility and flux to be and not to be what they […]

Jacques and Wendell

A writer for the International Jacques Ellul Society recently published a wonderful little essay comparing the thoughts and standpoints of their namesake with that of Wendell Berry. If you’ve got a little less than 10 minutes of free time and you want to feel smarter and more human at the end of it, then give […]

An Update for Our Readers

Dear Reader, You may have noticed a slow-down in the essays, poems, and reviews that we normally offer here at Second Nature over the past several months. For those of you who looked forward to our material, I am sorry to have disappointed you. For those of you who submitted content for publication, I am […]

The Percept of Witness

It is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question, but to make us progressively aware of a mystery. God is not so much the object of our knowledge as the cause of our wonder. Kallistos Ware, English bishop of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Titular Bishopric of Diokleia. Consider the child’s […]

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