John Mark Reynolds

Professor of philosophy for Biola, Reynolds blogs regularly at along with other faculty from the Torrey Honors Institute, a great books program.

Archive: John Mark Reynolds

King’s speech

Congress does have a duty to legislate against enemies foreign and domestic. Investigating our enemies is one thing Congress should be doing.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Mar 11, 2011 4:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Libya: no clarity, no justice

This war is unjust. We cannot wage a just war when we do not know why we fight.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Mar 25, 2011 2:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Will the GOP fall to the ‘darkness of extremism’?

When Republicans talk about values, they are sticking to their roots.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Mar 30, 2011 12:23 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

When faith is mocked, who responds?

Evidently mocking a thing your neighbor loves is acceptable in the name of art, but horrific in the name of religion.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Apr 8, 2011 9:25 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Women and men are equal, but different

God bless equality under the law and blessed differences!

By John Mark Reynolds  | Apr 13, 2011 8:31 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Easter is Pascha

Followers of Jesus follow a Jew.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Apr 20, 2011 2:33 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

We pray for mercy for bin Laden as we hope to receive mercy

A soul created in the image of God has gone to God. An enemy of the United States has received justice for his crimes. This is a moment for solemn thanksgiving.

By John Mark Reynolds  | May 3, 2011 9:41 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Hawking’s simplistic worldview

I know God lives, because I have experienced His reality.

By John Mark Reynolds  | May 19, 2011 4:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

One cheer for Oprah

The Church of Oprah is having its last revival service, measured by the hype.

By John Mark Reynolds  | May 26, 2011 12:48 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What evangelicals mean when they say they hear God’s voice

Why won’t Americans bother to learn the jargon of their evangelical neighbors?

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jun 2, 2011 10:46 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Book of Mormon is NOT funny

The Book of Mormon is a minstrel show for our present age with Mormons as the joke.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jun 15, 2011 5:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Catholic Church doing her duty

Historically, the United States has allowed moral liberty within a generally Christian ethical framework. Americans rejected a state church, but not Christian ethics.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jul 2, 2011 10:59 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion’s rich spiritual offerings

The right tools—logic, prayer, meditation—require a good plan. Fortunately none of us has to develop a plan alone. For thousands of years billions of humans have gathered to work out their spiritual salvation. None of us can be arrogant about our particular answers, because the universe is so vast. It is for this reason we draw together in a community called the church.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jul 8, 2011 10:11 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christians and their atheist neighbors

The Christian majority in the United States is called to love their enemies and so certainly must also love philosophically mistaken fellow citizens.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jul 21, 2011 1:09 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Breivik betrays Christianity

No matter how carefully Christians try to explain the faith and how virtuous our use of language might be, a fallen or lunatic fringe can still twist the Gospel of Love to hatred and evil.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jul 28, 2011 11:30 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christianity infuses our Western culture

The 9/11 cross was formed by nature in the rubble made by evil men.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Aug 3, 2011 11:38 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Why Christians pray

The prayers of the people of Texas were for individuals in America to voluntarily turn their hearts to God and their personal behavior to the good.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Aug 10, 2011 1:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Spiritual rest

The Sabbath rest, if really practiced, is not duty, but the product of passion and intellect. Such rest waits for the deeper things of God.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Aug 17, 2011 5:12 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Governor Perry, like many Christians, wants to leave room for God

“Darwinism” is certainly incompatible with Christianity and quite possibly wrong. Nature, matter and energy, are not all there is.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Aug 23, 2011 7:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

How secularism will help Christianity

Any rise in “secular studies” in colleges and universities will aid the church.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Aug 31, 2011 11:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

President Obama is doing the right thing

Only looking up will transport the ugly to the beautiful, the mundane to the magnificent.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Sep 7, 2011 2:24 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Death penalty an imperfect solution

There is an obvious moral distinction between the taking of the life of a criminal and killing the innocent.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Sep 13, 2011 9:40 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

We are a praying people

The government must never apply a religious test for office, but voters certainly can and should. Americans have always considered religious views when voting.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Sep 23, 2011 12:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Why Christians favor small government

Christians fear gigantic states, businesses, or organizations because we put no trust in humankind. We know we are all fallible.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Sep 28, 2011 7:19 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Morality uses medicine, but so does immorality

When the state decides to impose its moral vision on a charitable group that heals millions around the world, free men and women must oppose it.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Oct 6, 2011 1:52 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

In defense of our Mormon neighbors

For mainstream evangelicals, attacks on Romney and his Mormon faith are an embarrassment and do not reflect our love for our good Mormon neighbors.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Oct 10, 2011 8:14 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Occupy Wall Street: The wrong messengers with the wrong solutions to a real problem

There is no greater enemy of our economic liberty than the immoral businessman.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Oct 21, 2011 10:18 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

If we do not celebrate Halloween, the Devil wins.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Oct 30, 2011 10:15 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Newt Gingrich, the Prodigal Son?

What man having seen Mr. Gingrich in the past would wish him too near power?

By John Mark Reynolds  | Dec 1, 2011 5:01 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

How Santa helps Christians love Jesus

Americans invented “Santa Claus” in his modern form and have spread him over the earth. A child who loves Santa will love Jesus because the Santa myth points to the deeper truth: Jesus.

By John Mary Reynolds  | Dec 21, 2011 12:34 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Pat Robertson, prophet?

Robertson should tell us what he thinks God wants America to know so we can judge him by the outcome --or be quiet.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jan 6, 2012 1:30 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Mitt Romney, a Latter-day Republican

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that is the fundamental reason Mitt Romney is so easily able to embrace the roots of Lincoln’s Republican party.

By John Mark Reynolds  | Jan 19, 2012 12:56 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religious obligations in a world of 7 billion

How can it be bad for there to be more people?

By John Mark Reynolds  | COMMENTS (0)