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Speaking is Performing and Doing

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy - (5 Comments)

Hi, everyone. I have not blogged in a long time. I have also, as some of you may have noticed, not returned many, if any, emails. You might think it’s because I’m busy, and I am insanely busy (I’m a graduate student, and I am a TA at the university). But that is not why …
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Besides bodily sins, there are two actions that many churches do not accept: doubt and skepticism. In fact, if there is one single thing that keeps a person from heaven, it is to doubt the existence of God. In much of the evangelical church, in order to go to heaven one must have certainty that …
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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer HT, Ryan Stollar ____ I am not a huge fan of the Dr. Quinn the Medicine Woman series (in fact, I have a whole post …
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Evil is a problem for Christians and other theists because theists believe that God is maximally good and maximally powerful. If God can do anything, he could actualize a world of maximum goodness. So why do we have evil? The answer that many have concluded is that God does not exist, or at least a …
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rough-cover-fixed

I recently read Homeschool Sex Machine: Babies, Bible Quiz, and the Clinton Years. Written by Matthew Pierce, a homeschool alumni who is preparing to homeschool his own children, this short book is one man’s memory of the more insaner aspects of the conservative Christian homeschool movement. When Matthew first emailed me about his book, I …
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hobby lobby

I have written a lot about the difference between a modern and postmodern framework of knowledge, or what we might call “worldview” to use common speech. I have hinted and briefly mentioned that the premodern is actually drastically different from both the modern and postmodern frameworks, but I have lacked concrete examples to explain this. …
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apostates

Content note: Homophobia, hatred, denial, and emotionally abusive language. I return to review Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. This time, we turn to chapter 7, entitled “Forming the Humanist Ethic.” This chapter focuses primarily on Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) with some discussion of John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), and Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). I have begun to notice a …
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aposate the book

In today’s review, I will discuss chapter 6 of Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. In this chapter, Kevin Swanson intensely unravels his special dislike for Rousseau, more so than any of the other “apostates” discussed in the previous chapters.  In part, I understand. Rousseau was not a man of integrity and honor. As Swanson discusses, Rousseau …
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Growing up, my family was not particularly superstitious about demons, ghosts, and spirits. There was a reason for this. We were influenced by the Reformed Tradition. My dad does not believe in a rapture, tribulation, or 1,000 year reign. He believes the 1000 year reign is symbolic of the current age, that Satan and his …
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homeschool kid

I read missions blogs. And missions forums. And missions tweets. And missions whatever. This is always the reoccurring theme: “CARE FOR THE HEART OF YOUR THIRD CULTURE CHILD.” Like: the missionaries utter and repeat this, over and over. And they say: “PARENTS, YOU MAY. NOT. GET. IT. You may be living in another country, far …
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