Scholars We Support

Dr. Mark Talbot

Mark R. Talbot, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College in Illinois, is our first Scholar. He has been a Thomas F. Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar, an Andrew Mellon Graduate Fellow in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D., and a recipient of The Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities at Wheaton College. He is currently working on a four-volume series on Suffering and the Christian Life. The first volume, When the Stars Disappear: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture, is available now. Dr. Talbot is available to speak on this and other topics. You may contact him at

When The Stars Disappear Book Cover

Brand new book!

When The Stars Disappear: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture

When suffering overwhelms us, it is easy to despair and even doubt God’s goodness. As the clouds of suffering roll in, we can lose sight of everything but our pain. In these moments, when the stars disappear, we must turn to Scripture to find assurance that God can and will carry us through.

When I suffer, I find songs and poetry most helpful. Below is an attempt to capture something of what it feels like to read this book:

Have you ever heard a song blare out in the minor key and immediately summon from the depths of your heart emotion, travail, and anguish that had been buried until the right person came along with whom you could talk it through? Like the best of songs, this book is a welcome companion and surefooted guide for those floundering in the waters of suffering. For those of us who desperately need it, Talbot has done something remarkable: he has composed in prose a song to sing through the night.

—Michael Rau, Ph.D. student, National Taiwan University


More samples of Dr. Talbot’s writings may be found at

Broken Wholeness

Read Broken Wholeness, a glimpse into our first Scholar’s journey from a paralyzing accident as a teen to his life as a professor, an author, and speaker today.

Why Personhood Runs Deeper Than Neurology

Didaktikos Journal Article, April 2020.

What the Apostle Paul Teaches Us About Suffering

Excerpt from When the Stars Disappear.

Vocation & Calling

A talk to the Fellows of the Chicago Chapter of the C. S. Lewis Institute on March 3rd, 2018.

Good REading

Didaktikos Journal Article, April 2019.


Not Ideal, but We're Going with It: "Lost at sea lessons on suffering well from Dr. Mark Talbot."

A Chapel talk at Crossway Books on God's Commands (2019)

A Chapel talk at Crossway Books on Suffering (2017)