Culture

Kitsch Caught on YouTube

by John Mark Reynolds on August 19, 2011

Does Paul Spears irrationally hate decorative plates? Does John Mark Reynolds irrationally love them? Is kitsch more than just tacky? Can value be found in bad culture? In a time when even the most candid moments can end up on YouTube, can professors afford to be silly around their students?

Join the aforementioned professors and Matt Jenson, all of the Torrey Honors Institute, as they delve into these and more questions. Such fine distinctions as “campy” vs. “kitschy” are discussed, and the Middlebrow podcast begins to sound suspiciously highbrow. Grab your monocle, put on your patent leather shoes, and break out the fancy cheese with these connoisseurs of culture!

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Fixing Everything

by John Mark Reynolds on August 5, 2011

There are a lot of messes in the world (poverty, disease, oil spills, etc.) and a lot of different ways to try to clean them up. How should Christians think about this process? Whose responsibility is this job of “fixing everything”? Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dr. Fred Sanders of the Torrey Honors Institute as they unravel a bit more of the difficulties regarding wealth, poverty, politics, the “s” word, and the strangely apolitical sentiments of the current generation of students.

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Sinning on Facebook

by John Mark Reynolds on July 22, 2011

Facebook is pervasive in society today – for some students, it has usurped cell phones as the primary means of communication. What are the implications of this new means of social intercourse? Does Facebook help us know people more fully? Or does it give us tools to hide ourselves more effectively?

Tune in to hear Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears, and Dr. Matt Jenson, of the Torrey Honors Institute, as they discuss the merits of Facebook from a Christian perspective and reflect on their own diverse usage of social media.

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The Immediate Future

by John Mark Reynolds on June 10, 2011

As students graduate and enter the job market, what are their prospects? Are hopeful college graduates destined for disappointment, or is there a light at the end of the recession-shaped tunnel? Are there jobs out there? How can a graduate find them?

Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Director of the Torrey Honors Institute, and Dustin Steeve, a recent Torrey graduate and the Managing Editor of Evangelical Outpost, as they discuss the opportunities available to Torrey graduates and the skills and attitudes that a graduate needs in order to take advantage of them.

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Note: This podcast was recorded in April, 2010.

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Buddhism Repackaged: More Thoughts On The “New New Age”

by John Mark Reynolds on October 9, 2009

This podcast continues last week’s discussion on the “visualization” trend in modern spiritual circles. How did “pop religion” develop such a following, and how can the Church avoid its nicely packaged seductions? Why are so many people convinced that they are transmission towers for positive energy?

Tune in once again to hear Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dr. Paul Spears, professors at the Torrey Honors Institute, as they and Dr. Craig Hazen revisit their discussion on this fascinating, dangerous topic.

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Oprah-Style Religion: Choosing The Truth Over “The Secret”

by John Mark Reynolds on October 2, 2009

One of the most popular trends in modern spirituality is the “visualization” approach, which claims that health, wealth, and happiness are only a positive thought away. These principles seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial for everyday life–but are there dangers below the surface? What’s in store for the many who follow these coffee-shop religions?

Listen as Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dr. Paul Spears, professors at the Torrey Honors Institute, are joined by foremost apologist and Biola University professor Dr. Craig Hazen to discuss pop culture’s attempts at piety, and how Christians can counter the claims of modern spiritual gurus.

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