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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Didaktikos Journal Article, April 2020.
Excerpt from When the Stars Disappear.
A talk to the Fellows of the Chicago Chapter of the C. S. Lewis Institute on March 3rd, 2018.
Didaktikos Journal Article, April 2019.