The PloughCast

The PloughCast

How can we live well together? What gives life purpose? What about technology, education, faith, capitalism, work, family? Is another life possible? Plough editor Peter Mommsen and senior editor Susannah Black dig deeper into perspectives from a wide variety of writers and thinkers appearing in the pages of Plough.

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September 27, 2022 65 min

Peter and Susannah discuss Peter’s lead editorial, “Word Is Bond.” In a culture where keeping our options open is the categorical imperative, how can we become ourselves? Peter argues that the voluntary self-limitation of vows allows men and women to live their lives thoroughly, rather than skimming along the edge of reality.

Monasticism, marriage, and the military are forms of commitment that commonly allow people to dig in to thei...

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Lydia S. Dugdale on the loss of the Hippocratic Oath and the lack of an ethic to explain medicine’s telos.

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Peter Mommsen, editor of Plough, writes that in a culture addicted to endless choice, vows offer a higher freedom.

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David Bentley Hart writes that apocalypse, not dogma or tradition, is what gives Christianity grounds for hope in his book Tradition and Apocalypse.

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Cardinal Peter Turkson speaks about ecological challenges and how more community may be an answer.

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Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz writes on John’s Revelation, apocalypse, fear, and why there is still hope.

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The artwork of Wassily Kandinsky reveals his apocalyptic visions. Shira Telushkin reviews the Around the Circle exhibit of Kandinsky’s art at the Guggenheim.

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Eberhard Arnold tells how the first Christians viewed the end of the age.

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September 2, 2022 92 min

Susannah Black Roberts, Peter Mommsen, Shadi Hamid and Damir Marusic talk about Yoram Hazony’s National Conservative Statement of Principles, John Milbank’s Open Letter, and what postliberalism means.

They talk about what the NatCon statement implies about what state power should be used for, and then find themselves discussing abortion, and the future of the country given the profound differences that exist.

They talk about whether ...

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Brandon Mcginley, a father of young children, shares insights on whether or not to shield kids from tragic news.

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Mindy Belz reports on Syrian refugees after the war with ISIS, who returned home to start over.

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Lyman Stone explores Malthusianism past and present, and why its proponents are wrong.

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Eleanor Parker writes about the sermon of Wulfstan, a bishop at a time when the Anglo-Saxon world was collapsing amid Viking terror and political chaos.

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Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio shares an interview from 1972, in which Johnny Cash talks about faith and music – and then breaks into song.

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Peter Leithart says our world may be dying, but churches should cultivate radical hope for the birth of a new one.

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Peter Mommsen writes on climate change, the meaning of apocalypse, and the reasons we still have hope.

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August 2, 2022 66 min

Peter and Susannah discuss with L. M. Sacasas the perils and promise of technology: how it shapes our lives and how it changes how we think about ourselves.

Will artificial intelligence become sentient? How will we understand ourselves if we believe they are sentient? What can we do about it, and how can we live in a more human and embodied world?

Then, Peter and Susannah take listener questions. How can we go about living in a socie...

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July 26, 2022 65 min

Peter and Susannah talk with Christopher Tollefsen about his piece on the history and ethics of nuclear deterrence, and the prospect of an antinuclear movement post-Ukraine. They discuss Tollefsen’s conviction that nuclear war is a life issue.

Then, they speak with Samuel Moyn about his new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Is making war more “humane” actually removing the urgency of actual pacif...

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Peter and Susannah welcome Kim Comer, the editor of Plough’s European edition, and discuss the origins of the new Bruderhof communities in Austria. Welcomed by Cardinal Schönborn as part of the healing of the schisms of the Reformation, these communities are thriving.

This leads them to the question of how past wrongs can be healed in general: how can we get past the “sins of the fathers?” Not by denying those fathers and not by wal...

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July 12, 2022 56 min

Hope in Apocalypse, Part 3: Peter and Susannah talk with demographer Lyman Stone about falling birthrates and what humans need to thrive enough to have children.

They discuss Thomas Malthus and the origin of the European demographic transition, as well as the origin of overpopulation fears, and about how those fears misunderstand the nature of human ingenuity.

They cover the essential racism of so much “overpopulation” discourse, whi...

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