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Michael Clark, Ph.D.

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If youd like to explore the psychology and philosophy of religion, talk to me. Im familiar with the main issues of most world scriptures and Im well versed in comparative mysticism.

Id be happy to answer questions about insight and the so-called "discernment of spirits" as expressed in the biographies and teachings of saints, gurus, seers, shamans, healers, etc.

I also enjoy commenting on theological issues as they relate to different religions.

Questions about Freud and Jung's views on religion would also be appropriate here.

If you just need simple facts about different religions, please see www.adherents.com and/or religioustolerance.org (I have no affiliation with these web sites).

Experience in the area

I did my M.A. at Rabindranath Tagore's Visva-Bharati university (W. Bengal, India), a place that welcomed students from all around the world. A great chance to meet real people practicing different religions. I also run an educational website earthpages.org that touches on interfaith and related issues.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in Religious Studies
M.A. in Comparative Religion
B.A. Hon. in Psychology/Sociology

For more info, please see my CV and letters of recommendation and my blog at michaelwclark.com.

Publications

Print Media:
My table from "Religions and Cults" at earthpages.org is reproduced with permission in L. Lindsey, S. Beach and B. Ravelli, Core Concepts in Sociology, 2nd ed., p. 157

World Wide Web:
My online article "Letter to God" coauthored with Buddhist monk, E. Raymond Rock, appears on several different spirituality-based websites, including http://tinyurl.com/db7a5o

I've interviewed, as a Christian, a self-proclaimed mystic: http://tinyurl.com/cawykr

My articles appeared at the former New View magazine nuvunow.ca and are published at earthpages.org.

Education/Credentials

Ph.D. in Religious Studies
M.A. in Comparative Religion
B.A. Hon. in Psychology/Sociology

For more info, please see my CV and letters of recommendation and my blog at michaelwclark.com.

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Recent Answers from Michael Clark, Ph.D.

2014-12-14 doubt:

Hi, it's a good question. I remember reading theories about the historical roots of these scriptures... and not just the fact that they began as oral narratives.    It was so long ago that I read this

2014-11-20 Religious Mystism:

Steve, the way I see it is there are two main types of mysticism.     1 - the aspirant has a relationship with God and doesn't really lose their individuality  2 - the aspirant believes s/he can literally

2014-02-14 Religions and Schizophrenia:

Hi Danne, when I was a lot younger I wrote a paper about that in a required Ph.D. seminar in Religious Studies. What I did was look at the DSM-IIIr (I think that's what psychiatry was using back then)

2013-02-07 What Deity or Spiritual Being fits this physical description?:

Hi that's a tricky one. Sort of like a detective story. The first thing that came to mind when I read this was the Hindu deity Krishna, as a boy. Although I don't think he'd have pale skin unless powdered*

2012-06-15 salvation by faith:

Excellent question and sorry it slipped by me. I just saw it now. I would have to spend years to answer your question because each world religion has so many variants. The author of this blog might be

 

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