The Unfundamental Conversion

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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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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A Case for Why Intent Matters

January 14th, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | Philosophy - (11 Comments)

I frequently hear that we should judge a wrong doing or crime based upon how horrific and evil it is, rather than the intent of the person who performed the evil action. Suppose the following situation. A mother follows the teachings of Mike Pearl and Bill Gothard, two conservative Christian leaders, and homeschools; she does …
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“How do I defend my faith?” I am frequently asked this question when people hear that I study philosophy. To that answer, I experience an odd tension. I believe that philosophy does, in fact, point towards (though not prove) the existence of God, and yet philosophy also demonstrates that we are finite, unable to reach …
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Morrisburg Church

I have always struggled with being a loner. There are many reasons for this. For one,  I was sheltered for 12 years, and have never fully integrated into North American society. I also spent three years living in Asia. And I’m a philosopher, so I think different. Yet, in many ways, my loneliest encounters with others …
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I was recently directed a letter that Richard Dawkins wrote to his ten year old in which he posits the question, how do we know what we know. Have you ever wondered how we know the things that we know? How do we know, for instance, that the stars, which look like tiny pinpricks in the …
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A few weeks ago, Darcy challenged the notion that we should use God to justify our choices. It has really stuck with me. She explains, The me of today doesn’t believe I need to use God to justify my choices. I’ve done that my whole life….used scripture and God and “God’s will” to make decisions …
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Over at No Longer Quivering, Kristen examines an article written by a passionate complementarian. Complementarianism, as you probably know, is the belief that men and women are different, so different that they have different roles, with the man being the leader and the woman being called to submit. The main argument of the article that …
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Most people think of language as a tool of communication. In language we give arbitary signs to things. In philosophy, we call this the instrumental view of language or the referential function of language. According to referential theories of language, a word stands for an idea or object. The main point is that philosophy largely recognizes …
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photo again

I recently thought of this post, I wrote on Christmas Eve from my phone while with a few teenagers in Asia. We spent Christmas day floating around a pond in 80F/26C weather in shorts, and in the evening when the temperature had dropped to 68F/20C, I read a book out on a lawn chair while the kids were …
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