The Unfundamental Conversion

From Whence I Came

February 12th, 2017 | Posted by Lana Hope in Uncategorized - (6 Comments)

I held a little girl, a refugee, in my arms, as she wept. Wept in fear. Her mom was murdered. Her dad was fighting to maintain her way of life. She was only 6 or 7 and rooming with a group of strangers. When people ask me why I did not vote for Trump, why …
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This election cycle I’ve remembered firsthand how the conservative community is master at creating alternative fictional realities to live inside. For those with their eyes open, at this point in the election, it is vividly apparent that Trump is a monster. He is a con-artist who scams and cheats people out of wages. He refers …
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I Know How Hillary Felt

September 27th, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Politics - (3 Comments)

I live in a three story townhouse, which means both wall noise and social contact, whether with those in my house or those next door. We share walls, yards, and parking spaces. Recently, I shared with the student in the basement that I am frustrated with the guy who shares a wall with us because he …
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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)

  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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