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Reflections on the History of Torrey—Ep. 3

The final installment! As one chapter in the history of the Torrey Honors Institute closes and another opens, some of the minds responsible for its birth reflect on the development of the program. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears, and Dr. Fred Sanders

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Reflections on the History of Torrey—Ep. 2

A bit late, but not too late! As one chapter in the history of the Torrey Honors Institute closes and another opens, some of the minds responsible for its birth reflect on the development of the program. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears,

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Reflections on the History of Torrey—Ep. 1

As one chapter in the history of the Torrey Honors Institute closes and another opens, some of the minds responsible for its birth reflect on the development of the program. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears, and Dr. Fred Sanders as they discuss

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Kindle vs. "Real" Books: The Future of Education

What do new technology advances mean for education? How much can the Kindle and e-books replace? Are the brick-and-mortar campuses doomed? Tune in once again to hear Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dr. Fred Sanders, professors at the Torrey Honors Institute, as they delve into

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The End of the World: Why Christians are Culturally Defensive

“If your child wants bread, give them bread and not stone.” Why is most of the Christian subculture perceived as ‘cheesy,’ derivative, and defensive? Why are few Christians, especially youth, convinced of Christianity’s meaningfulness, cultural force, and complexity? Join John Mark Reynolds from the Torrey

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Tweets and Possibility Junkies: The Online "Conversation"

Since human communication is only 15% verbal, what are the benefits and deficiencies of online communication? Is it a conversation? Or merely information distribution? Does it promote discussion and deep thinking or is it just “aphoristic” and “attention-getting?” Join John Mark Reynolds and Paul Spears

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Why Are They Leaving?

Over 50% of Christian students graduate college outside of the faith. Join John Mark Reynolds as he, Rebecca Fort (Executive Director of Wheatstone Academy) and Alishia Fry (Wheatstone Academy alumni and student at Torrey Honors Institute) discuss this phenomenon, its causes, and the ways Wheatstone

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Torrey In Two Houses

The Torrey Honors Institute is splitting into two houses: Morgan House and Johnson House. John Mark Reynolds, Paul Spears, and Fred Sanders (Professors all) discuss why the split was necessary, what it means for current students, and its impact on the future of Torrey. Click

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General Education: Pursuing Truth and Understanding at the University

America’s leading universities have lost their way. They no longer educate children to be good, follow truth, or acquire knowledge; this is a significant problem. It is important for students applying to college or parents looking to make a significant four to five year educational

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On Education

What is the value of a liberal arts education? For many, college is seen as a step on the path to a career. Nonetheless, many students desire more from their education than merely a trip through the gauntlet of general education on the course of

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What Makes A 'Great' Book Great?

Homer but not Harry Potter. Plato but not the Epic of Gilgamesh. Each year, students of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University read and intellectually engage dozens of ‘great books’ as a part of their general education. While not every book that has ever

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Goes to Columbia

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to Columbia University has sparked both reactions of appreciation and disgust from pundits across the media. While many have debated the political cost of his visit, questions about whether or not it was meritorious for Columbia to invite Ahmadinejad for educational