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    Plough Quarterly No. 28: Creatures: The Nature Issue

    Summer 2021

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    About This Issue

    “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all,” says a well-known hymn. This issue of Plough celebrates the creatures of our planet – plant, animal, and human – and the implications of humankind’s relationship to nature.

    But if nature can be read as a book that reveals the wisdom of its Creator, it also reveals things less lovely than stars and singing birds – a world of desperate competition for survival, mass extinctions, and deadly viruses. Is such a world a convincing argument for the Creator’s goodness? Turns out Christians and skeptics alike have been asking such questions since long before Darwin added a twist. 

    Are we moderns out of practice at reading the book of nature? And if we forget how, will we fail to read human nature as well – what rights or purposes our Creator may have endowed us with? What then is there to limit the bounds of technological manipulation of humankind?

    This issue of Plough explores these and other fascinating questions about the natural world and our place in it.

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    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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    Live Forum: Plough Quarterly No. 28


    June 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

    Join Grace Olmstead and Joy Marie Clarkson to discuss Grace’s article “Return to Idaho.”


    June 15, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

    Join Ian Marcus Corbin and Brandon McGinley to discuss Ian’s article “The Abyss of Beauty.”


    June 23, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

    Join Leah Libresco Sargeant and Marianne Wright to discuss Leah’s article “Let the Body Testify.”