John Mark Reynolds

John Mark Reynolds is director of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, where he is also a professor of philosophy. Reynolds blogs regularly at along with other faculty from the Torrey Honors Institute, a great books program.

Stories by John Mark Reynolds

Gun control in a fallen world

Allison Joyce GETTY IMAGES A Rosary’s cross is seen at a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary … Continued

How Romney wooed evangelicals

Jae C. Hong AP Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, bows his head in prayer before his commencement … Continued

‘Titanic’ theology

PAUL DARROW REUTERS Children from a nearby community organization bow their heads while standing next to grave markers of Titanic … Continued

Open marriage and American ideals

Matt Rourke AP Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, arrive as for visit … Continued

King’s speech

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Keep doctors practicing medicine

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Liberty, not just freedom, for the Middle East

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

The Christian case for Mormon values

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

More religion, better religion

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

The credentialed and religious hospitals

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Decent mourning

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Christ welcomes you to His feast

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

Rich deserve equal treatment under the law

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

The last romantic? Why marriage will endure

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

An exceptional but not chosen people

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

The fool and his folly

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

The next most important election ever

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Faith seeks understanding

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Question everything

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

Old vices don’t improve with age

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued