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
  • Philosophy of the Arts
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Nature of Persons
  • History of Philosophy: Medieval, Early Modern, and Twentieth-century Analytic
  • Augustine’s Confessions
  • Historical Seminar: Jonathan Edwards’s Religious Affections
  • Historical Seminar: Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Historical Seminar: Hume’s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
  • Historical Seminar: Augustine’s Later Writings
  • Historical Seminar: Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment
  • Historical Seminar: Locke and Hume—Epistemology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society for Christian Psychology


AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: Philosophical Psychology and Philosophical Theology

AREAS OF COMPETENCE: Epistemology, Early Modern Philosophy, and Medieval Philosophy

My current research includes investigating the nature of persons, integrating the latest findings in developmental psychology into epistemology, articulaing 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.

Papers Published and/or Presented (selected)

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.

"Faith and Reason: A Historical, Theological, and Conceptual Sketch," in Wheaton College's web book on faith and learning.

"Does God Reveal Who He Actually Is?," in Douglas S. Huffman and Eric L. Johnson, eds., God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), pp. 43-70.

"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.

"Godly Emotions," in John Piper and Justin Taylor, eds., A God-Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004), pp. 221-56.

"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).

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.

"Schooling the mind: Nicholas Wolterstorff on John Locke and the birth of modern¬ity" (a review article on Nicholas Wolterstorff's John Locke and the Ethics of Belief), Christian Scholar's Review, Volume XXVIII, Number 1 (Fall, 1998), pp. 164-173.

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

"Edwards for His Time and Ours: A Philosopher's View," Fides et Historia, Volume XXXVI, Number 2 (Summer/Fall, 2004), pp. 121-125.

"Can You Hear It? Esther Meek's Longing to Know on Knowing as Skillful (and Joyful) Activity-A Review Essay," Christian Scholar's Review, Volume XXXIV, Number 3 (Spring 2005), pp. 363-75.

Review notices (400 words or less)

“Shapes of the World” (a review of Arthur F. Holmes’ Contours of a World View), Eternity, November, 1983, pp. 88, 89.

“Round squares and God's existence” (a review of Ronald H. Nash’s The Concept of God), Eternity, April, 1984, p. 42.

“Evidence for the Trinity” (a review of E. Calvin Beisner’s God in Three Persons), Eternity, November, 1985, pp. 72, 73.

“An Intellectual Kit” (a review of Diogenes Allen’s Philosophy for Understanding Theology), Eternity, December, 1986, p. 49.

“Benefactor or Bugaboo?” (a review of Del Ratzsch’s Philosophy of Science), Eternity, February, 1987, pp. 41, 42.

“A Sweet Fragrance” (a review of John Calvin’s Sermons on Deuteronomy), Eternity, January, 1989, pp. 39, 40.

John E. Hare, The Moral Gap: Kantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God’s Assistance, The Journal of Beliefs and Values, Volume 18, Number 2 (October, 1997), pp. 254-55.

Review notices for modernReformation magazine:

Thomas R. Schreiner, Romans, Volume 9, Number 1 (January/February, 2000), p. 49

Paul R. House, Old Testament Theology, Volume 9, Number 1 (January/ February, 2000), pp. 49-50.

Norman L. Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Volume 9, Number 2 (March/April, 2000), p. 50.

R. Kent Hughes, Luke: That You May Know the Truth (two volumes), Volume 9, Number 2 (March/April, 2000), p. 51.

Michael J. Murray, ed., Reason for the Hope Within, Volume 9, Number 6 (November/December, 2000), p. 49.

Carl R. Trueman and R. Scott Clark, eds., Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, Volume 9, Number 6 (November/December, 2000), p. 50.

J. I. Packer, Collected Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer (four volumes), Volume 9, Number 6 (November/December, 2000), p. 50.

John Cheeseman, Saving Grace, Volume 9, Number 6 (November/December, 2000), pp. 50, 51.

D. A. Carson, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, Volume 10, Number 1 (January/February, 2001), p. 54.

Joel R. Beeke and Sinclair B. Ferguson, eds., Reformed Confessions Harmonized, Volume 10, Number 2 (March/April, 2001), p. 54.

Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware, eds., Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, Volume 10, Number 3 (May/June, 2001), pp. 46, 47.


“Rationality in belief” (a review of Anthony Kenny’s Faith and Reason), The Reformed Journal, March, 1984, pp. 23-25.

“What is reasonable to believe?” (a review of C. Stephen Evans’ Philosophy of Reli-gion: Thinking about Faith), The Reformed Journal, February, 1987, pp. 25-27.

“God Talk” (a review of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Divine Discourse: Philosophical re-flections on the claim that God speaks), First Things, Number 68 (Decem-ber, 1996), pp. 42-44.

L. Gregory Jones, Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis, Christian Scholar’s Review, Volume XXVI, Number 3 (Spring, 1997), pp. 362-364.

“What We Are and What We Ought To Be” (a review of John E. Hare’s The Moral Gap: Kantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance), First Things, Number 81 (March, 1998), pp. 48-51.

William J. Wainwright, Reason and the Heart: A Prolegomenon to a Critique of Passional Reason, Faith and Philosophy, Volume 16, Number 2 (April, 1999), pp. 254-259.

“An Introduction to the Companionship of Edwards” (a review of John Piper’s God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards), modernReformation, Volume 8, Number 3 (May/June, 1999), pp.38-39.

Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation and Authority (six volumes), modernReformation, Volume 9, Number 4 (July/August, 2000), pp. 52-53.

Allan D. Fitzgerald, General Editor, Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, modernReformation, Volume 9, Number 5 (September/October, 2000), pp. 48-49.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Great Doctrines of the Bible. Volume I, God the Father, God the Son. Volume II, God the Holy Spirit. Volume III, The Church and the Last Things, modernReformation, Volume 9, Number 5 (September/October, 2000), pp. 49-50.

Paul Barnett, Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times, modernReformation, Volume 10, Number 1 (January/February, 2001), pp. 53, 54.

Gene Edward Veith, Jr., The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals, modernReformation, Volume 10, Number 4 (July/August, 2001), pp. 50-51T.

Desmond Alexander and Brian S. Rosner, eds., New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, modernReformation, Volume 11, Number 4 (July/August, 2002), pp. 47, 48.

Popular pieces

“Enjoying God's Gifts,” Tabletalk, Volume 18, Number 2 (February, 1994), pp. 10-12, 48; reprinted in R. C. Sproul, Jr., ed., Vanity and Meaning: Discovering Purpose in Life (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1995), pp. 59-63.

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

“God’s Vocation, Our Vocation,” modernReformation, Volume 8, Number 3 (May/June, 1999), pp. 15-20, 42-43.

“Contending for the Faith,” modernReformation, Volume 10, Number 3 (May/ June, 2001), p. 48.

“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; re-printed 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.

“The Limitations of Being Pro-Choice,” modernReformation, Volume 11, Number 1 (January/February 2002), p. 40.

“What is Wrong with Pietism?,” modernReformation, Volume 11, Number 4 (July/ August 2002), pp. 24, 25.

“God’s Providence Over All,” modernReformation, Volume 11, Number 5 (September/October 2002), pp. 38-43.

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

“How to Honor the Bible as God’s One, Inerrant Word,” modernReformation, Volume 12, Number 1 (January/February 2003), pp. 16-19.

“Why Must Christian Theology Conform to Scripture?,” modernReformation, Volume 12, Number 1 (January/February 2003), pp. 28-31.

“The ‘Shout’ that Still Resounds,” modernReformation, Volume 12, Number 5 (September/October 2003), p. 2.

“Why All the Fuss? The Apostle Paul’s Burden in Galatians,” modernReformation, Volume 12, Number 5 (September/October 2003), pp. 13-17.

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

“Joy in the Morning: Is God Angry with Christians When They Knowingly Sin?,” modernReformation, Volume 13, Number 2 (March/April 2004), p. 12.

Edited books

Robert C. Roberts and Mark R. Talbot, eds., Limning the Psyche: Explorations in Christian Psychology (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997).

Richard Lints, Michael S. Horton, and Mark R. Talbot, eds., Personal Identity in Theological Perspective (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006),


The Signs of True Conversion (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2000; translated into, e.g., Spanish and Portugese).

Should We Leave Our Churches? A Biblical Response to Harold Camping, J. Ligon Duncan and Mark R. Talbot (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company, 2004).