Experts on "Religion"

Bob Covolo

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.

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Craig J Hazen

  • Director, Christian Apologetics Program
  • Professor of Christian Apologetics

Craig Hazen is the founder and director of the master's program with a concentration in Christian apologetics and director of the master's program with a concentration in science and religion at Biola University.

Craig is the editor of Philosophia Christi, a philosophy journal. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America; the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings; and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest faculty honor at Biola, and has lectured across North America and Europe on key apologetics topics, including lectures on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a popular church and conference speaker and a former co-host of a national radio talk program.

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David A Horner

  • Professor of Theology and Philosophy

David Horner has taught at the University of Oxford, Denver Seminary, and served as a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Colorado. He has lectured in numerous classrooms and university forums nationally and in Europe, and he has written numerous articles and book chapters on ethics, apologetics and ancient and medieval philosophy. Horner serves as Research Scholar for Centers for Christian Study, International, an effort to develop intellectual Christian communities within secular university contexts. He also serves as Executive Director of The Illuminatio Project, whose aim is to bring the light of a classical biblical vision of goodness, truth and beauty into the thinking of the church and culture through strategic research and communication.

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James M. Petitfils

  • Assistant Professor of New Testament

James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish and Christian discourse on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Mediterranean, early Christian martyrdom and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot and Biola University in the areas of world history as well as New Testament history, literature and leadership. Along with his research and teaching, he has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for over 15 years. Petitfils is happily married and has two young kids. He enjoys surfing, family beach days and burritos.

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor and Chair of Theology

Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.

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