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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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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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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Tips for Approaching Opposed Ideas

January 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lana Hope in Religion - (10 Comments)

In one of my last posts, I wrote about how I have struggled with skepticism towards new ideas. As I wrote in the post, much of this stems from the fact that I was taught to distrust anything outside the Bible and fundamentalist faith. So I always immediately feel a tension whenever I encounter ideas …
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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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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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Hi (Also, There Is a Redeemer)

November 25th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Religion - (6 Comments)

I have so much to say, but no time to say it. My mind is full of books and term papers. For example, next week on Monday I have a 20 page term paper  and a 1,200 word reading summary due, on Wedneday I’m giving a long presentation, and on Friday I have three reading …
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When I took a graduate course on postmodern philosophy, it did not just make me a better liberal. It also made me a better conservative. In our society, we immediate identify people by their origin. Wherever I go, I am always identified as the outsider because I have a deep Southern accent. Wherever we go, …
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One of my favorite bloggers, Benjamin at Formerly Fundie (note: best blog on patheos), wrote a piece called The Day Evangelicalism Died. As most of you know from the news, earlier this week when the Christian relief organization World Vision announced that they would hire gay Christians to work for them, the internet exploded with …
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