The Unfundamental Conversion

Stop Blaming Women

November 19th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in Spiritual Abuse - (24 Comments)

Speaking of a double standard, I was thinking about how my whole life, I have heard conservative Christians say that following the world’s ways of clothing leads to lust, rape and violence, and ruins men. This blog post cracks me up.  The blog tells three things to women. #1 This is how you should probably …
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I really get tired of how religion has a double standard for what is appropriate for men, and appropriate for women. I speak of all religions. The other day I gave a Chinese girl and a Korean guy a tour around my city, and we stopped by a temple 650 years old. The security guard …
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On Helping the Poor

November 18th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions | Politics - (6 Comments)
Education Overseas

I am going to try to blog about politics. Its a controversial topic, so makes for fun debates. And because I am still trying to sort out what I  believe. A few things that have influenced me and the whole socialism/work debate: 1) I studied Marxist criticism in my critical analysis of literature days. At …
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Right now I am reading A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting On Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master by Rachel Held Evans, a Christian feminists. Now I must admit, these days I much prefer taking a black pen and crossing out all the misogyny verses …
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After yesterday’s post, I went on Frank Viola’s page and noticed his blog post “There is No Proof of God’s Existence.” No where in the post did he say he did not believe in God; he was merely pointing out that we can’t prove God’s existence. It was an honest answer, and I appreciated that. …
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I’ll just say it: intellects are left out of the church, in a huge way. Equal to how the church excludes gays and totally misunderstands them. Before I go on, yes, I do know anti-intellectualism is not a problem in every church. If its not a problem in your church, I’m glad. But as an …
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Layers of Hell

November 13th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

So last year I took a cultural anthropology class, where we cross compared ancient religions. And one of those subjects was hell. And I think the professor well made the point that Christian’s version of hell is based off myths just as much as any other religion. I realized Dante drew from myths, and Christians …
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What Choice, Now?

November 11th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in Uncategorized - (26 Comments)
evangelical hell

I mentioned that when I was a Calvinist, I believed people in hell chose hell because they do not want to worship God. In short, in my view no one went kicking and screaming into hell. As C.S. Lewis said, “hell is only locked from the inside.” I’ll call this the “people willing choose it” …
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Why Calvinism is Not Possible

November 10th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in Uncategorized - (15 Comments)

In high school, I converted to Calvinism, and was a Calvinist for eight years — until I came to Asia two years ago. Calvinism is the belief that God chooses who he wants to go to heaven, and everyone else willingly chooses hell. After six months of trying to prove free will, one day I …
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My Friends and Hell

November 9th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in Uncategorized - (10 Comments)
evangelical hell

I have this theory that what we believe is 99% based on our experience, and 1% spiritual or intellectual convicts. Maybe I exaggerate a little, but in my experience, most of what we believe is directly related to the world(s) we have been exposed to. And that includes me. So I am going to start …
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