Michael William Clark, Ph.D.
I was born in 1962, the TV / Space Age.
As a curious kid I asked the big questions: How did we get here? What’s infinity? What will the future bring?
My Mom’s father Dr. Harold Welsh was a much-loved country doctor and elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
On my Dad’s side, my great grandfather James Loudon was President of the University of Toronto and my uncles Gilbert and Bruce made significant contributions in math and literary criticism, respectively.
Baptized as an Anglican, I didn’t think much about God or spiritual beings as child. Heavenly summers were spent at Georgian Bay and Craigleith Ski Club was my winter wonderland.
A lot like Sigmund Freud, I saw the biblical God and angels as human projections. And like many people, I naïvely believed that science had a monopoly on truth.
Graduating from high school at NTCI, my beliefs evolved. I completed an Honours B.A. in Psychology/Sociology at York and Trent U; a M.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Visva-Bharati, India; and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (now Classics and Religious Studies) at UOttawa.
After my doctorate I became more interested in studying mythology, the arts, science, and the history of ideas.
I also bought countless reference books from remaindered and secondhand bookstores. This was before Wikipedia and I just wanted to know everything.
In the early 1990s I was drawn to the spiritual power and beauty of Catholicism, and converted in 2001. So in love with what I’d found, I explored both priestly and monastic vocations. But after some time I sensed the many issues now making headlines, and it dawned on me that I had to discern my own path.
More recently, I delved into the world of MIDI. Music production is an art like any other. It takes time, talent and dedication to get it right. So let’s just say, I’m still working on it!
Among my interests (guitar, piano, songwriting, music listening, sci-fi, photography, news, media, books) my primary focus is God, whom I understand as wholly other but immanent.
I truly love my country, Canada, which has changed so much since the 60s. I really enjoy connecting with people from all around the world, right here in my home town of Toronto. Although our dollar is absurdly low right now, I have lots of hope for the future. In my mind’s eye I see Toronto, especially, as a great urban center. And it’s already going there!
MC — December 2017