Mark Talbot, Ph.D.



Associate Professor of Philosophy
On Faculty since 1992

Phone: (630)752-5892
Fax: (630)752-7777


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Graduate study in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1973-76

B.A., Seattle Pacific College, 1972 Major: English Literature

About Mark Talbot

My areas of academic expertise include philosophical theology, philosophical psychology, the epistemologies of the early modern philosophers, and the works of David Hume, St. Augustine, and Jonathan Edwards. I am especially interested in how Christian philosophers should think about the intersection between philosophy and theology, with particular emphasis on exploring the similarities and contrasts that are found in the thinking of the medieval Christian philosophical theologians and the (still little-known) Protestant scholastics about that intersection.

Courses Taught

  • Issues and World Views in Philosophy
  • Historical Seminar: Augustine’s Earlier Writings
  • Nature of Persons
  • Augustine’s Confessions
  • Historical Seminar: Jonathan Edwards’s Religious Affections
  • Historical Seminar: Augustine’s Later Writings
  • Historical Seminar: Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Christian Philosophers


My current research includes investigating the nature of persons, integrating the latest findings in developmental psychology into epistemology, articulating the interrelations between Christian grace and human freedom, and drawing out and defending some of the philosophical implications of Reformation and post-Reformation Reformed theology, such as the doctrine of everlasting punishment.

As a Christian Scholars’ Fund Scholar, I am currently writing a book about Christian suffering, entitled, When the Stars Disappear: Understanding and Coping with Our Suffering. You may go to their website,, to read the first four chapters, as well as to read some of my other publications.

Selected Publications

Chapters in books

"Starting from Scripture," in Robert C. Roberts and Mark R. Talbot, eds., Limning the Psyche: Explorations in Christian Psychology (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997), pp. 102-22.

"True Freedom: The Liberty that Scripture Portrays as Worth Having," in John Piper, Justin Taylor, and Paul Helseth, eds., Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2003), pp. 77-109.

"Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," in Timothy George and Alister McGrath, eds., For all the saints: Christian spirituality and evangelical theology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003), pp.116-134.

"Learning from the Ruined Image: Moral Anthropology after the Fall," in Richard Lints, Michael S. Horton, and Mark R. Talbot, eds., Personal Identity in Theological Perspective (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006), pp. 159-77.

"All the Good that is Ours in Christ': Seeing God's Gracious Hand in the Hurts that Others Do to Us," in John Piper and Justin Taylor, eds., Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006), pp. 31-77.

Articles, review essays, and discussions in refereed journals

"On Christian Philosophy" (a review article on Keith E. Yandell's Christianity and Philosophy), The Reformed Journal, September, 1984, pp. 18-22.

"Reply by Mark R. Talbot" (my response to David Basinger's "What Christian Philosophers May Do," which was, in turn, Basinger's response to my review article on Yandell), The Reformed Journal, February, 1985, pp. 19, 20.

"Is It Natural to Believe in God?," Faith and Philosophy, Volume 6, Number 2 (April, 1989), pp. 155-171.

"Bishop Butler's Moral Psychology," The Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Volume 17, Number 4 (Winter, 1998), pp. 347-361.

Popular pieces

“The Morality of Everlasting Punishment,” Reformation and Revival Journal, Volume 5, Number 4 (Fall, 1996)­, pp. 117-134.

“God, Prayer and American Evangelicalism” (a review article on Bruce Wilkinson’s The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life), modernReformation, Volume 10, Number 6 (November/December 2001), pp. 43-47; reprinted frequently, including in Reformed Theological Seminary’s Informed Reformer and in CRN Journal, Issue 15 (Summer 2002), pp. 31-35).

“Godly Emotions,” modernReformation, Volume 10, Number 6 (November/December 2001), pp. 32-37.

“Why We Sing,” modernReformation, Volume 11, Number 6 (November/December 2002), pp. 22-25.

“The Indispensability of the Trinity,” Mark R. Talbot and R. Scott Clark, modernReformation, Volume 12, Number 6 (November/December 2003), pp. 29-33.

Many of these publications are available at <>.

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