Nov. 16, 2018
Robert Covolo has a passion for retrieving historic Christian sources for engaging the logics and practices of contemporary life, be it secularization, surfing or the current craze for fast fashion. Before coming to Torrey, Covolo served as a pastor at Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, as a scholar at the Visual Faith Institute of Art and Architecture, and as the Chairman of the School Board for the Intellectual Virtues Academy. In addition to degrees and certificates in the humanities, history, English literature, divinity, and philosophy of religion, he has completed doctoral work in theology and culture (Fuller Theological Seminary), and dogmatics and ecumenics (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His areas of research include theological aesthetics, political theology, theology and culture, secularization theory, fashion theory, and the Dutch statesman and theologian Abraham Kuyper.
Mark Makin is a philosopher specializing in contemporary metaphysics and epistemology, with a deep appreciation for the history of philosophy. His research focuses on the nature of explanation in metaphysics and its applications. A graduate of Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute, he holds an M.A.R. in Philosophy of Religion from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. What excites him most about teaching for Torrey, besides the great books, is holistically mentoring students and collaborating with devoted colleagues. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing jazz saxophone, indulging in Jane Austen film adaptations, rooting for the New York Giants and exploring America’s national parks. He and his wife, Carri, also a graduate of Biola and Torrey, live in Whittier with their son.