Mark was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. His parents were practicing Catholics.
He attended Catholic schools throughout nearly all of his formative years. He never truly believed any Christian dogma, as he always considered it inherently implausible. Like millions of other children and teenagers he suffered through religious instruction and church services and now regrets the waste of countless hours lost in Christian indoctrination. He didn’t have the maturity or inclination to seriously question the dogma until later in life.
He qualified to study medicine and is now a practicing doctor on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He owns a practice with a particular interest in preventative medicine. He has a holistic approach to his patients, and tries to deliver what can sometimes be life-changing support. He has a particular interest in helping people achieve happiness.
In the mid-2000s Mark began to realize that many of his Christian patients had significant psychological issues, and he wondered to what degree their Christian beliefs were responsible for their problems. He was also aware that many political and social issues had their roots in Christian beliefs. He decided the time was right to make a serious study of the religion he was born into by examining the history of the Bible. He wanted to discover the essence of Christianity, and spent nearly all his spare time in the next seven years studying early Christian history.
Mark has always enjoyed sharing knowledge with his friends and patients, so he wrote down what he had learned, including his own opinions. The result is his first book, a product of over seven years of intensive thought and investigation. He believes that what he has discovered could be life-changing for many people.
Mark writes in a more colloquial, rather than formal style, not as a biblical scholar, but as a layman. The views expressed here are based on both his intensive research and his professional observational experience. He provides answers to questions many risked their lives for raising in centuries past.
Mark hopes that his book will appeal to everyone who enjoys history, as well as those who are interested in informed opinions about the Bible and Christianity.
This website is only an introduction to Mark’s ideas. His book “Get Over Christianity by Understanding It” will be available in early 2012 and will be more comprehensive.