Breaking Ground: Charting Our Future in a Pandemic Year

As a pandemic and racial reckoning exposed society’s faults, Christian thinkers were laying the groundwork for a better future.

A public health and economic crisis provoked by Covid-19. A social crisis cracked open by the filmed murder of George Floyd. A leadership crisis laid bare as the gravity of a global pandemic met a country suffocating in political polarization and idolatry.

In the spring of 2020, Comment magazine created a publishing project to tap the resources of a Christian humanist tradition to respond collaboratively and imaginatively to these crises. Plough soon joined in the venture. So did seventeen other institutions. The web commons that resulted – Breaking Ground – became a one-of-a-kind space to probe society’s assumptions, interrogate our own hearts, and imagine what a better future might require.

This volume, written in real time during a year that revealed the depths of our society’s fissures, provides a wealth of reflections and proposals on what should come after. Presented in a beautiful hardcover, it is an anthology of different lenses of faith seeking to understand how best we can serve the broader society and renew our civilization. It includes essays by luminaries such as N.T. Wright, Oliver O’Donovan, and Mark Noll, as well as Davenant team members Susannah Black, Jake Meador, and Brad Littlejohn.


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