The Unfundamental Conversion

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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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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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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Ethical Actions are not Innocent

November 21st, 2015 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy | Politics - (10 Comments)
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In this post, I explore contingency as it relates to justice issues. Life is full of uncertainties. The road forks, and we have to take one path or the other, and we cannot choose both. If one attends X university, it could lead to a marrying a certain individual, moving to one province over another, and having …
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God is Dead, Part 3

November 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy | Politics | Religion - (4 Comments)

So far in this series, I have argued two key points via the French philosopher Gauchet: (1) In premodernity, the world was characterized by an overbearing past in which we owed every to the gods. People did not recognize their agency, and what agency they had they always attributed to the gods. Everything on earth …
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I write my story

  (photo credit: don’t remember)  In this series, I am evaluating the shift between the premodern world and the modern world that would not only explain why God died at a societal level, but also illuminate why the church has failed at their attempts to stop the spread of secularism. In my last post, I …
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God is Dead, Part 1

October 9th, 2015 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy - (10 Comments)
I write my story

Edit: The Death of God is a philosophical construct that stands for secularism. One can be a theist and still believe in the death of God (I’m one of those) because, well, secularism is the air we breathe, and as this series will argue, it’s hard to deny what’s in front of us. The Death …
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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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