51 episodes

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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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.

    #21, Made Perfect, Part 3: Disability, Embodiment, and What It Means to Be Human

    #21, Made Perfect, Part 3: Disability, Embodiment, and What It Means to Be Human

    Susannah and Peter talk with O. Carter Snead about his book What it Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics. They examine the question of the anthropology of expressive individualism as the framework for our current legal bioethical regime, and look at hot-button cultural issues including abortion, assisted reproduction, assisted suicide, and end-of-life care.
    How should we die? How can we value and care for those who no longer have the same abilities they had when they were younger, but who are still vital members of the human family?
    How should we make babies? How can we guard the mystery and gift of children from a false sense of our own mastery over their creation?
    How should we live? How can we become the people we are meant to be by exercising care towards those who need our help, and by receiving care from those who love us?
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #20, Made Perfect, Part 2: Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization

    #20, Made Perfect, Part 2: Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization

    Peter and Susannah discuss Aimee Murphy’s Rehumanize, an organization dedicated to a consistent life ethic, and the intersection between the pro-life movement and the disability rights movement.
    How does the utilitarian obsession with quality of life and rejection of those who suffer attack the dignity of all of us? And how can an awareness of the existence of sufferers pull us out of our own meritocratic prisons?
    Then, the hosts talk with Ross Douthat about his chronic Lyme disease and the way that official science can be limited. What does the experience of suffering teach us about the reality of the divine, and how do these liminal states open us up to transcendent reality?
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    #19, Made Perfect, Part 1: On Ability and Disability, Personhood and Motherhood

    #19, Made Perfect, Part 1: On Ability and Disability, Personhood and Motherhood

    Peter and Susannah discuss Peter’s lead editorial, describing his friendship with and care for a profoundly disabled young man. They consider the simultaneous truths of the good of health, the resurrection of the body, and the full image of God in the bodies and lives of disabled people.
    They discuss the phenomenon of the “Ugly laws” of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Nazi eugenics program, the limitations of communitarianism, and the way that questions of disability touch on everybody, because they are about what it means to be a human in a body.
    Then they welcome Plough contributor Victoria Reynolds Farmer, a writer with cerebral palsy who discusses her Marian devotion, her recent Catholic conversion, and what that has meant for her marriage and the prospect of motherhood.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The PloughRead: The Three Young Kings by George Sumner Albee

    The PloughRead: The Three Young Kings by George Sumner Albee

    Three boys play the Three Kings who deliver gifts on the eve of Epiphany. But what will they give the poor children they pass on the street? A delightful story of strong tradition broken by the power of love.

    • 31 min
    The PloughRead: The Christmas Rose by Selma Lagerlöf

    The PloughRead: The Christmas Rose by Selma Lagerlöf

    This story is one of several Swedish legends explaining why the Christmas Rose blooms in winter. 

    • 37 min
    The PloughRead: Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

    The PloughRead: Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

    • 14 min

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