Beyond Digital: A Legendary Magazine’s Unlikely Return to Print

As Plough Publishing re-launches its 94-year-old magazine as Plough Quarterly on June 10, it will be twelve years since the publication went online-only. Since then, Plough.com has become a top destination for Christian e-books and online inspiration, and the editors have learned a few things from its success online.

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Plough Quarterly

Online makes sense for short takes, news and opinions. But for in-depth material of real substance, and for visual art, nothing beats paper.

Walden, NY (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

As Plough Publishing re-launches its 94-year-old magazine on June 10, it will be twelve years since the publication went online-only. Since then, Plough.com has become a top destination for Christian e-books and online inspiration, and the editors have learned a few things from its success online.

“Magazines are more relevant than ever,” says Sam Hine, publisher of Plough Quarterly. “They have been reimagined to answer a widespread dissatisfaction with the online reading experience. People are hungry for something that isn’t ephemeral—a quick scan, then on to the next thing with a click, swipe or tap. If content has integrity, people will be happy for a beautifully crafted product they can keep around or pass around.”

“Even in a digital age there are ideas that deserve more than fleeting attention,” Hine adds. “Online makes sense for short takes, news and opinions. But for in-depth material of real substance, and for visual art, nothing beats paper.”

Published four times a year in both print and digital formats, Plough Quarterly aims to be a magazine of stories, ideas and culture to inspire faith and action. Each issue will feature fresh perspectives on a core theme such as building justice, creating community or reclaiming childhood—through articles, essays, interviews, fiction, poetry, art and book reviews. The re-launch will stay true to the principles of the original magazine by tackling social and political issues without partisanship and bridging the rifts among believers.

“Plough Quarterly is a general interest magazine grounded in human stories,” says Peter Mommsen, editor. “But don’t expect celebrity pastors or Christian pop stars and athletes. Instead we’ll be giving space to creative thinkers and ordinary people who are getting their hands dirty putting their faith into practice.”

“There are more intelligent, open-minded Christians out there than you might think. They are looking for a thoughtful voice that is bold but not partisan or sectarian. As an ecumenical magazine, we hope to be bridge builders, not boundary police, either political or theologically. We plan to surprise you with unlikely pairings on key issues.”

Incorporating voices from Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and other backgrounds, Plough Quarterly will challenge readers to be more faithful to Jesus’ message. The premier issue, Living the Sermon on the Mount, will include articles by Johann Christoph Arnold, senior pastor of the Bruderhof movement; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; among others.

Founded in Germany in 1920, Plough Quarterly is a publication of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities in the Anabaptist tradition. Its earlier editors survived persecution and expulsion by the Nazis, anti-immigrant boycotts in England, primitive conditions in South American hinterlands, and McCarthy-era witch hunts in the U.S. By comparison, the digital revolution’s challenge to the magazine industry proved a small hurdle.

To subscribe to Plough Quarterly, visit http://www.plough.com. “Like” them on Facebook at Plough Publishing. To request a review copy or to arrange an interview with Peter Mommsen or Sam Hine, contact Vicky Lynch at (630) 362-8829 or via email at vicky(at)handlebarpublishing(dot)com.

About Plough Publishing House:
Founded in 1920, Plough Publishing House is an independent publisher of books on faith, society, and the spiritual life. Plough is the publishing house of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities in the Anabaptist tradition. Learn more at: http://www.plough.com.


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