The Unfundamental Conversion
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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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New Tribes Missions and Hell

I am a hopeful universalist. I believe God will force no one into hell against their will, and I am hopeful that God’s love will ultimately overcome everyone and all will freely choose to worship him over living outside God’s presence. I have written before about why I personally rejected hell here and here.  But today, I …
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Evil is a problem for Christians and other theists because theists believe that God is maximally good and maximally powerful. If God can do anything, he could actualize a world of maximum goodness. So why do we have evil? The answer that many have concluded is that God does not exist, or at least a …
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In philosophy of religion, we often speak in terms of the logical problem of evil or the evidential problem of evil. This means we discuss whether it is logically possible for God to exist and evil to exist at the same time. Similarly, we talk about whether the evidence of horrendous evils (rape, genocide, etc) …
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When I gave up believing in a traditional notion of hell, I did not really choose to stop believing in hell. It just stopped making sense. Think about it this way. Imagine that someone tells you to believe that elves and ferries are real. Probably you can’t make yourself believe it. That was what happened …
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The people in SE Asia left a lasting impression on me. They are kind, less blunt than westerners, more laid back, and far more tolerant. The street friendly atmospher is normal for me since I grew up in the South. But I am not used to so much tolerance. Just as I was finishing my …
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Prodigal Son Retold

December 20th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Fundamental/Evangelical - (13 Comments)
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I would like to tell you some stories. Once Upon a Time . . . A father has two sons. One son disowns his father, cashes in his inheritance, spends all his money, parties, and what not. Finally, in the pit of despair, he returns home, and begs his father for mercy. But instead the …
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J.O.Y | B.O.Y

Recently I wrote a post on Overturning Tables by R.L. Stollar on my journey from fundamentalism to universalism. Stollar as you know all is cofounder and coordinator for Homeschoolers Anonymous, and is a stinkin awesome writer himself. A couple days ago here on Wide Open Ground, I talked about the problem I have with progress …
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This post was triggered by this outstanding paragraph by Frank Schaeffer, son of one of the most famous evangelicals of the 20th century. In other words, the big guys said it. So did my family. I grew up in a reformed Calvinist missionary household where the dirtiest word in the English language was “compromise.” The …
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Buddhism 101: Life After Death

September 4th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in World Religions - (11 Comments)
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I haven’t forgotten about my Buddhist project. This is a Q&A project with Buddists from different countries who have different experiences and perspectives.  Today we will talk about life after death, tomorrow we will talk about morality (gays, sex, modesty, etc) and our final Q &A will look at the life of Jesus this Friday. …
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