The Unfundamental Conversion
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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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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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We live in a modern age, and modernists are quick to refer their opponents in debates to “the EVIDENCE.” “The evidence suggests,” you will hear people say. Frequently. When discussing whether or not God exists, atheists will say, “But there is no evidence that anything supernatural exists,” and then their opponents will turn around and …
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mindbody

When I was a kid, we would mock some of the early Christians for thinking that the human soul just went to sleep until the body is resurrected at Christ’s return. We also judged the early Christians who insisted on being buried because otherwise their bodies might not be able to be resurrected. The reason my …
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apostates

Content note: Homophobia, hatred, denial, and emotionally abusive language. I return to review Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. This time, we turn to chapter 7, entitled “Forming the Humanist Ethic.” This chapter focuses primarily on Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) with some discussion of John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), and Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). I have begun to notice a …
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aposate the book

In today’s review, I will discuss chapter 6 of Kevin Swanson’s book Apostate. In this chapter, Kevin Swanson intensely unravels his special dislike for Rousseau, more so than any of the other “apostates” discussed in the previous chapters.  In part, I understand. Rousseau was not a man of integrity and honor. As Swanson discusses, Rousseau …
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I think I should do a series on ways that modernity has infilterated the church or just life. But instead I’ll just write about it when I spontaneously cross paths with it. Today I want to talk about values. According to Canadian historian George Grant, Nietzsche understood modernity more than any other thinker. He understood …
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crow and hawk

When I was an undergrad, we had to read the French philosopher Deleuze. I was extremely offended  by his suggestion that categories are socially constructed. I took it as a direct attack on Aristotle and biology. I wrote a response by arguing that all intelligent discourse requires categorization. For example, when I see people, I …
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I grew up protestant, and since we were on the more fundamental side, we did not approve of Catholics. My grandmother in particular goes as far as claiming that she “hates them.”  In high school I became a Calvinist, and joined the world where my friends revered John MacArthur who refered to Catholicism as a …
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Caught Between Two Ages

February 1st, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Culture | Missions | SE Asia - (0 Comments)
There Can Be Only One

*trigger warning for sex trade* I’ve often said that I’ve felt misplaced. I’ve been saying this since I was a little girl of 6 or 8, but I was born in the wrong age. Initially this was because I was homeschooled and had no way to identify with the current culture. After all, I was …
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