Is Contraception Christian?

There’s no doubt that birth control is being discussed more now than since the Pill was released in the 60s. However, in Christian circles the question of contraception has tended to center around the ends of family planning: is it permissible for Christians to plan how many children to have, or should we simply let […]

The Trending Now Treadmill

We mentioned earlier in the year that Read Schuchardt would be speaking as part of Christ Community Church’s TrendingNow Series. Here is the video from his presentation. In it, Dr. Schuchardt analyzes the so-called “better quality of life” provided by technology in the post-digital-explosion age. Are we really improving quality of life through technology? He proposes […]

Andrew Byers’ “TheoMedia: The Media of God in a Digital Age”: A Review

Andrew Byers, TheoMedia: The Media of God in a Digital Age, Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2013, 252 pages, $25.20. Andrew Byers serves as the Chaplain at St. Mary’s College, Durham University, England. As a Theological Consultant for Codec Institute at St. John’s College, Durham University, he has explored many of the issues addressed in TheoMedia: The […]

The Word Without Flesh: An Ethical Evaluation of Digital Media in Multi-Site Worship

It is not news to anyone that digital media use is a prominent characteristic of 21st century living. It is also not news to anyone that the American church is regrettably quick to fall in line with cultural whims (being all things to all people while remaining in the world but not of it is […]

Blind City Planner

City of God and City of Man. this landscape suggests a few things the city planners don’t understand. Cities have a way of wrapping you in sinking you deeper and deeper each day as your roots are severed from flesh and blood and the rawness of rural life. We faint at the realities of life. […]

How the Christian Media Industry Made “Bible” into a Category Instead of a Proper Name

Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt to inculcate them into the Christian mythos telling them the stories of Abraham, Rahab, Paul, Silas, and the rest. Sometimes we read from our own leather-bound Bibles, but most nights we use books […]

Lance Strate’s “Amazing Ourselves to Death”: A Review

Years ago at NBC News, Gene Shalit told me a story about the difficulties of being an arts critic on television. In 1974 he delivered a less than appreciative review of the sentimental Joe Camp movie “Benji,” about a lovable, stray and cloyingly cute mixed-breed dog and his unlikely adventures. As he always did at […]

God’s Grandeur in the Media Environment

Part six in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. At the beginning of Lent, we examined how time-saving technology often has the tendency to help us do more work in less time and then fill up our extra time with new kinds of work. I think we intuitively realize this and commit ourselves to media […]

McLuhan receives McLuhan Award

We are pleased to announce that editorial board member Eric McLuhan was awarded with the third annual Medium and the Light award on October 23rd. During a celebration at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, over 50 scholars gathered at the old coach house where Eric’s father Marshall McLuhan had his office and […]

76 Reasonable Questions to Ask About Any Technology

Ecological What are its effects on the health of the planet and of the person? Does it preserve or destroy biodiversity? Does it preserve or reduce ecosystem integrity? What are its effects on the land? What are its effects on wildlife? How much, and what kind of waste does it generate? Does it incorporate the […]

Support Second Nature

If you find value in the work we do at Second Nature, please consider making a modest donation. Every donation, no matter how small, is a huge encouragement to us in our work.