The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other


I’m convinced that provincial things (parochials, particulars) become the best universals. Blues grew out of a specific experience and location in the Mississippi Delta. The Shack was a father’s effort to tell his children about his view of the world. In the same way, Dr Taylor paraphrased the Bible to help his children understand it; only later did it seem like something valuable for others. Paul wrote to specific churches and spoke about specific issues.


We try so hard to speak universally, when the most appropriate thing to do is to speak particularly. I think Lewis once said he hoped his writing would prove outdated soon because he was writing to such a particular context. Man, that didn’t happen.