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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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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CROSS Sacral Stavros from the Temple Repositories of Knossos 1600 BCE Heraclion Museum Greece

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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Prodigal Son Retold

December 20th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Fundamental/Evangelical - (13 Comments)
CROSS Sacral Stavros from the Temple Repositories of Knossos 1600 BCE Heraclion Museum Greece

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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Christmas #23 - One hundred sigma

So this preweekend I had over 500 views in my home community alone, and I had a LOT of emails from from a couple people of the past.  Honestly this blog has been a special haven to me the last year because it’s been the one place where I’ve been real. For the first time …
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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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Evangelicals believe that a long, long, long time ago, when God created the world, God created people with absolute free will to choose sin or righteousness, to choose God or death. The trick, though, is that God knew that man would choose sin. He knew it. And God knew it while also knowing that he …
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See part 1. part 2. and part 3 for this to make sense. Now to pick off from Prague. I flew back to Asia and entered a very dark month. Of all places, I crashed in a hut made of mud up in the mountains. I would touch the walls, and lay down and cry, …
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*trigger warning for violence* Yesterday I told the story of when I left Calvinism behind. Today I will talk about hell, and tomorrow I will talk about when my entire foundation fell (while in Europe). I told this story in my post Missions As an Unfundamentalist Christian. Here’s the longer version. Deep within Phnom Phen, …
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universalists

As a child my family was very harsh on other faiths or religious philosophies, but we scoffed hardest at the universalists for teaching that “all religions lead to heaven.” Even after friending Buddhists, I still believed that universalists taught that all religious lead to heaven. Recently that changed for me when I began to see …
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