The Unfundamental Conversion

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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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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What is Modernity?

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in History - (9 Comments)

I am writing a short 3-part series on modernity, postmodernity, and why I am disillusioned by secularism and progress.  By no means do I mean for this to be exhaustive. In fact, in this post I will just mention one major characteristic of modernity, and I will not mention the other 999 things. Since I’m …
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I have a new theory about what the church needs in order survive. I think this post rings true for non-religious people, too, so this is not a theology talk. But I do think that this is crucial for the churches to flourish whereas I think the secular academy will go on regardless. But I …
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"I Have a Dream"

When I left evangelicalism, I got depressed. It was a living nightmare. After I wrote my post on how the Duggars are not crazy, it hit me head on that I actually left a part of me that was extremely meaningful. Also, the homeschool positive series on Homeschoolers Anonymous made me a bit homesick. That …
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When Tragedy Becomes Opportunity

September 13th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in History | Missions | Philosophy - (9 Comments)

I. A recent post by Jamie the Very Worse missionary helped got me thinking more about the problems that we see in misisons. It’s no secret that I believe the North American Church has really screwed the pooch when it comes to missions as a whole. Honestly? The more I study and read and learn …
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Redemption of the Past

September 9th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in History | Philosophy | Religion - (1 Comments)
uma solidão a dois

Nietzsche theorized that people turn to religion to take revenge on time. People are born, other people control their lives, pain and sadness come. Life sucks. Everyone is sad inside. Christianity redeems the past. Christianity takes revenge on the evil by bringing hope and theoretical healing. Nietzsche had a problem with this. Mostly he had …
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Strenuo relativismo - (Brave relativism)

Growing up Christian conservative, I had a lot of misconceptions about what secular people and even postmodern Christians believed about right and wrong. I had a pessimistic view of ethics, believing that relativism meant truth was non-existent. That is, I believed in the “anything goes” mentality. Without God, by default anything goes. I thought this …
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drops of spring

The other day I was on an online debate forum discussing hell when someone commented that God is infinitely good, and therefore, we must trust God’s reason for casting the unbeliever into eternal hell. Obviously, I do not believe any criminal deserves eternity for his temporary crime, but more important, the argument was not settling …
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365::225 - The Dark Half

Note: the big idea in this entry comes from an old friend Brandon. In science, in philosophy, and in all intelligible discourse, we try to prove that we are right using various tools, usually logic and science. The problem is that in the modern and postmodern era those means (science and logic) were called into …
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