The Unfundamental Conversion
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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If you follow developments in homeschool leadership, you likely know that prominent homeschool leader Bill Gothard is alleged to have sexually groomed and molested dozens of young women during his leadership career in homeschool and other fundamentalist Christian circles, beginning in the 1970s and continuing until he stepped down from leadership a couple years ago. You …
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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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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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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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I grew up in a fundamentalist, homeschool environment, which means that from a young age I learned to defend my faith and be skeptical of all people who disagree with what we believed. And I mean all. I spent my childhood on guard.  I analyzed the neighbors, so that their ‘public school’ mentality or behavior …
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Apostate: Karl Marx (Chapter 9)

December 28th, 2015 | Posted by Lana Hope in Book Reviews - (9 Comments)

Last year I started reviewing (but never finished) Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. I am reviewing this book (although slowly, admittedly) because Swanson, although a more exaggerated version, is a good example of how fundamentalists often do not bother to really understand philosophers before dishing their theories. In an upcoming post, I’ll offer some concrete examples of …
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*content note: assault* Recently, a good friend of mine passed away; I’ll call her Linda. When my old coworker emailed to tell me she had passed, I wept violently for hours. Linda died from physical illness: she had cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. I spoke with her a few days before she passed away, begging her not die. …
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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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