Essay / Literature

The Monastic and Intellectual Ethos of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on July 28, 1844 in Stratford, England into what we could consider a middle-class family. Perhaps not surprising given the shape of his poetry, Hopkins had a sensitive nature compared with his father’s demanding nature.…

Essay / Education

Speak Again (Torrey Convocation 2021)

In these first weeks together, we have experienced the joys and sometimes the challenges of building and renewing our community of friends with a common love and a common way of life together: reading, talking, and writing. That life has…

Essay / Literature

The Gates of Linden Hills

(Linden Hills: A Novel, by Gloria Naylor. Three covers) A pilgrim and his poet-guide, side by side, gaze up at the gates and read the weather-beaten inscription: I am the way out of the city of woeI am the way…

Essay / Literature

Iliad: Why the Lattimore Translation

The curriculum of Torrey Honors College starts out with Homer's Iliad. This means the book has a special place in the life of our program: students we have admitted into the program but haven't met in person yet mostly read…

Essay / Theology

Seismic Retrofit Apologia

"When the people in the pew ask the pastor to explain the Trinity, they do not want clever analogies or carefully worded creeds. They want to know what Scripture says about the Trinity." Carl Beckwith says this in his book…

Essay / Theology

The Joy of the Lord

Luke 3:21-22, the baptism of Christ: “the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove…” Brothers and sisters, we are reading here about the Holy Spirit, so what is there for me…

Essay / Theology

Jesus Was Also Baptized

Luke 3:21: "Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying…" Picture the scene: There was a big crowd at the river, and people were getting dunked in the water by John,…

Essay / Theology

Webster's "Courses Charted but Not Taken"

A Companion to the Theology of John Webster is a great collection of essays on the development of Webster's theology, and on major doctrines important in his work. The epilogue is unique, though: it's a very helpful report and analysis…

Essay / Art

Jesse Hamm, Cartoonist's Cartoonist

Comics artist Jesse Hamm has died. Jesse worked in comic books at all levels: from the self-published days of photocopied zines, up through small presses and indie/alternative publishers, to Marvel & DC. Click through to the obituary at comics.com for…

Essay / Education

Torrey's Two Houses (2009)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Torrey Honors College, we're looking back at some important moments in our history. One of those is the expansion and division of the College (then known as an Institute) into two distinct houses.…

Essay / Theology

Introducing Junius on the Trinity

Franciscus Junius (1545-1602) was an important theologian in the Protestant Orthodox tradition. He is most famous for his influential Treatise on True Theology, with its profound approach to theological method. Junius taught widely across all the major doctrines of Christian…

Essay / Theology

"To Him Belongs the Consummation of Things"

Petrus van Mastricht's Theoretical-Practical Theology (volume 2, chapter 27) has an excellent treatment of the Holy Spirit. I just want to unpack a little something he says in the introductory paragraph, before he gets to the main body of the…