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Messiah College to host “Kanye’s Temple: The Hyper-Religiosity of Pop Culture” lecture Nov. 3

October 16th, 2015

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Oct. 16, 2015) — Gregory Alan Thornbury, president of The King’s College, will address the topic “Kanye’s Temple: The Hyper-Religiosity of Pop Culture” on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall, located in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts.

Many Christians accept the narrative of a sacred-secular divide: people who have “faith” and those who don’t. But is this account of culture true? Thornbury will argue that from Kanye and Hozier to TED and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, America remains, as Flannery O’Connor once observed of the South, “a Christ-haunted landscape.”

Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To obtain a ticket, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit The lecture is sponsored by the Messiah College Honors Program and the Office of the President. For more information, contact the Messiah College Honors Program at or 796-1800, ext. 7099.

About Gregory Alan Thornbury

Gregory Alan Thornbury is a Messiah College alumnus and president of The King’s College in New York City. He has lectured and published widely on subjects related to philosophy, theology, education, spirituality and public thought. In addition, he is a songwriter and guitarist. Dr. Thornbury has been called “Jonathan Edwards Meets the Rolling Stones” and “America’s First Hipster College President.” Thornbury serves as a visiting professor teaching philosophy at Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole in Norway and at Southern Seminary. He is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Theological Society.

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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