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From the former president’s crime bill, which among other things eliminated funds for inmate education and expanded the death penalty, the welfare reform which depleted aid to children, the reversal of tariffs on industries that protected certain middle class jobs, to Hillary’s vote for Iraq and other big military decisions, to the Clinton’s big money …
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cbot trail cape breton

I’ve been to around 25 or so countries, mostly in SE Asia and Europe. I do not consider myself a world traveler compared to most seasoned travelers, but I have seen more of the world than most people do their lifetime, so I cannot ignore my economic privilege, either. I wanted to write this post to …
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I believe that if there is a God, then God would do everything he can to make sure they spend eternity enjoying the gifts he offers. This statement is what we call a conditional sentence; my statement is true if and only if there is a God. I reason that if there is a God, …
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I Lost My God Innocence

March 20th, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | SE Asia - (19 Comments)

“You HAVE changed!” a friend from my old Christian circles said to me three years ago, when I first came back from South East Asia, alone and frightened. We were outside a popular late-night burger joint in my home state. When pressed, I had spoken my opinion about evangelical hot button. Apparently my friend had heard that I …
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What We Mean By, “Judge Not”

March 10th, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Religion - (4 Comments)
don't judge meme

This meme recently was shared among my evangelical friends on facebook. Let’s talk about it, shall we? We will first talk about what this meme means, and then we will talk about why the quote misses the point. Washer’s point is that people often quote this verse, without any idea of context of the verse. In Matthew 7: …
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How Fox News Supported Trump

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Politics - (6 Comments)
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  I watched the Republican debate, held in Detroit, Michigan tonight, online. Most of the “debate” was not surprising. We all expected the debate to go something like this: Trump insults everyone; Rubio insults Trump; Kasich stays out of it “like an adult”; Cruz repeats over and over that he will repel Obama Care; and no one actually …
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How Enlightenment Wore Me Out

February 28th, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy - (22 Comments)

In the last post, I tried to make the point that original sin in Christianity is often mirrored in Enlightenment philosophy. In this post, I will explain how I experience Enlightenment in my own life. This post is practical, and less tedious than my last philosophical post. First, for those who did not see the …
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The sin

In this post, I  argue that original sin, the Christian teaching that humans are born a priori sinful or fallen, in Enlightenment philosophy (15th-19th century) is intensified, rather than forgotten or overcome: sure, many Enlightenment philosophers largely deny original sin, but much of the baggage that we as children of Christian fundamentalism associate with original sin, is present and fostered in Enlightenment …
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If you follow developments in homeschool leadership, you likely know that prominent homeschool leader Bill Gothard is alleged to have sexually groomed and molested dozens of young women during his leadership career in homeschool and other fundamentalist Christian circles, beginning in the 1970s and continuing until he stepped down from leadership a couple years ago. You …
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After I wrote my post the other day on Tips for Encounter Opposed Ideas, I remembered an evangelical video on a similar topic I recently was directed to by a friend. How to Survive World Religions 101 from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo. In the video, Michael Kruger, of the Gospel Coalition and President of …
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