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The Homeschool Myth

October 6th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Homeschool | Philosophy - (0 Comments)

In my last post on emotional abuse in homeshooling, I wrote this: The reason I connect this to homeschooling is that homeschooling made the shit seem natural, the way that it was ought to be. In the comment section of that post, one reader writes: I also went through verbal and emotional abuse, but we …
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The stories on Homeschoolers Anonymous have been more triggering for me lately. HA is hosting a series called “It hurts me more than you.” Then today Cynthia Jeub, a daughter of a well-known homeschool family with 16 children, shared her story of the abuse she and her siblings have received, and still are receiving. My …
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Why Sound Reasoning Matters

September 26th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy - (7 Comments)

People in western cultures value correct thinking. We value induction and deduction. We value clarity of arguments, equations, and symbolic logic. We value justified beliefs and arguments that have cognitive meaning and assertive content. I do too. See, I am a philosophy student, and in order to write a paper, I must lay out my …
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As an adult, for the most part I have coped pretty well, almost to the point that even I forget that I have mental illness. This is not because my childhood was good. My childhood was a living nightmare. And it was a nightmare for more than just spiritual abuse. I was emotionally abused, to …
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Speaking is Performing and Doing

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy - (7 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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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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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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