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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 Roberts dig deeper into perspectives from a wide variety of writers and thinkers appearing in the pages of Plough.

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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 Roberts dig deeper into perspectives from a wide variety of writers and thinkers appearing in the pages of Plough.

    81: Can Metaphors Help Us Live Well?

    81: Can Metaphors Help Us Live Well?

    Joy Clarkson discusses her new book, and the importance of metaphor.
    Why are metaphors important? How can they help us live well – and how can they go wrong? Why should we not think of ourselves as computers? And what does all this mean for our language about God?
    In the discussion, Joy and Susannah range widely through topics including apophatic theology, the inevitability of metaphorical language, Owen Barfield, Anthroposophy, Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi, Suzanne Simard’s research on how trees communicate via fungal networks, and much more.

    • 36 min
    The PloughRead: The Plants Can Talk by William Thomas Okie

    The PloughRead: The Plants Can Talk by William Thomas Okie

    William Thomas Okie says plants can talk; but is anyone listening?

    • 24 min
    The PloughRead: Saving the Soil, Saving the Farm by Colin Boller

    The PloughRead: Saving the Soil, Saving the Farm by Colin Boller

    Colin Boller explains how regenerative agriculture helps farmers care for the land and pay the bills.

    • 19 min
    The PloughRead: Dandelions: An Apology by Clare Coffey

    The PloughRead: Dandelions: An Apology by Clare Coffey

    Clare Coffey gives a defense of the dandelion, the plant that always comes back.

    • 17 min
    80: The Technology of Middle-Earth

    80: The Technology of Middle-Earth

    Matthew Scarince and Sebastian Milbank discuss Tolkien and technology. Susannah chimes in.
    Is J. R. R. Tolkien anti-technology? What is the relationship between magic and technology in the world of the Lord of the Rings, and in ours? What do the elves have to do with that? What can we tell by looking at the rings, the palantíri, the silmarils?
    Should the Lord of the Rings be read as a straightforward critique of industrial society? How can the categories of mending and preservation be used to understand how the various heroes and heroines of Middle-earth go about shepherding this world into its next age, and how can those categories help us to do the same in our age?

    • 1 hr
    The PloughRead: Saskatchewan, Promised Land by Daniel J. D. Stulac

    The PloughRead: Saskatchewan, Promised Land by Daniel J. D. Stulac

    Daniel J. D. Stulac, a newcomer to Saskatchewan, searches for the Old Testament promise.

    • 23 min

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