Beyond Polarization: Newly Re-Launched Magazine Looks for Readers Open to Other Points of View

Plough Quarterly, an upbeat ecumenical magazine, appeals to thoughtful and open-minded people of every political and theological persuasion, inviting them to tone down the rhetoric and seek common ground for the collective good.

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Plough Quarterly

“People tend to read and watch what they agree with, which only makes them more entrenched in their opinions and adds to the paralyzing polarization in the national conversation,” notes Sam Hine, publisher.

Walden, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

According a recent Gallup Poll, 77% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. However, the 77% percent are spread across thousands of denominations, all with different viewpoints and opinions. At a time when the number of unaffiliated, atheist or agnostic Americans is also on the rise, it’s important for Christians to find common ground. Plough Quarterly, an upbeat ecumenical magazine, appeals to thoughtful and open-minded people of every political and theological persuasion, inviting them to tone down the rhetoric and seek common ground for the collective good.

“People tend to read and watch what they agree with, which only makes them more entrenched in their opinions and adds to the paralyzing polarization in the national conversation,” notes Sam Hine, publisher. “At Plough Quarterly, we hope to move people beyond that. Each issue of the magazine throws together an unlikely group of Christian leaders and thinkers to address a common concern.”

Articles in the first issue, Living the Sermon on the Mount, include:

  • “Was Bonhoeffer Wiling to Kill?” By Charles E. Moore
  • “Love in a Leper Colony” by Johann Christoph Arnold
  • “Alarmed by Jesus” an interview with Russell Moore
  • “We Are Not Bystanders” by Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Plough Quarterly re-launched in print last month after years of being digital only. The magazine aims to be a collection of stories, ideas and culture to inspire faith and action. Each issue features 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.

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.

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. Learn more at: http://www.plough.com.
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