The Unfundamental Conversion

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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What is Postmodernity?

January 11th, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in Culture | History - (5 Comments)
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In this post I will continue our discussion on modernity and postmodernity. The two are often conflated; therefore, before I continue on with Kevin Swanson’s analysis of Descartes in Apostate, I need to first discuss postmodernity. There a three misconceptions about postmodernity that I often see. 1) Postmodernity teaches relativism, 2) Postmodernity is anti-Christian. 3) …
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After Rachel Held Evans wrote her post that went viral on Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church, I’ve set myself aside to think and contemplate. But also I’ve strapped myself to the table with my hands to the ground to force myself out of the debate. After all, the list of reasons people have given …
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Homeschool Group Learning

As a homeschool student I never really learned the concept of group work, group learning, or group living. It’s odd because, looking back, I thought I was the master at those skills simply because we did so much as a family. For example, I dissected a frog with a total of eight hands (well, technically, …
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Socially Constructed Images

I’m tired of living in a socially constructed world. It wears and tears on the soul. From the moment of birth society constructs us to its imagine. We are the mirror of our surroundings. Sure some of us come out a bit too hyper, or a bit too out-of-the-box, or a bit too bold, or …
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elizabeth stanton

Because of my gendered childhood and frustration as a second class citizen in the church, I’ve struggled in the church. I still get irritated when the church oppresses women, and sometimes I just cry. But today I want to discuss how – if at all – women can resist the dominant ideology of anti-feminism. I. …
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Problem of Interpretation

July 30th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Philosophy | Religion - (3 Comments)
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During my undergraduate program, I developed a keen interest in what we call critical theory of literature, which is the philosophy of art and literature that deals with how to read a text. Of course, this is too simplistic, and I could go on describing this vast field, but at least in part (though by …
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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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Why Doubting is Okay

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | Religion - (13 Comments)
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I’ve always doubted. I’ve doubted the existence of God, and I’ve doubted the non-existence of God. When I was eight, I couldn’t think of who created God, and since we all must have a creator, this gave me a problem. I resorted to the “illusion” argument. My dolls were real people in my mind, so …
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