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Novak Mark, Ph.D. student, Western Field

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Mark Novak

Ph.D. student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies


My project is situated within contemporary Continental philosophy of religion, specifically looking at two figures within the “theological turn” in French phenomenology: Michel Henry (1922-2002) and Emmanuel Falque (b. 1963). Following Husserl’s distinction of the objective body (Körper, body) and the subjective body (Leib, flesh), I am exploring how Henry and Falque use the Bible and theological sources, and how they map their phenomenological categories onto these sources, in order to discuss incarnation and resurrection. I am interested in elucidating what appears to be a Docetic understanding of Christ in Henry’s thinking, and, on the contrary, how Falque’s own thought seems to have moved through a phase that could be called Docetic to one that understands Christ as fully human in both the incarnation and the resurrection.


  • Institute for Christian Studies, M.A. in Philosophy (2017)
  • Providence Theological Seminary, M.A. in Counselling (2016)
  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Nursing (2011)


  • Teaching:
    Sport and/as Religion, Fall 2019
    What on Earth is Religion?, Winter 2020 (Dr. Carter)
    Sport and/as Religion, Fall 2019 (Dr. Badone)
    Religious Themes in Modern Culture, Winter 2019 (Dr. Planinc)
    Sport and/as Religion, Fall 2018 (Dr. Badone)
    Religious Themes in Modern Culture, Winter 2018 (Dr. Planinc)
    Bible and Film, Fall 2017 (Dr. Carter)


Book Chapters


  • Review of Silas C. Krabbe, A Beautiful Bricolage: Theopoetics as God-Talk for Our Time (Wipf and Stock, 2016) in Theopoetics: A Journal of Theological Imagination, Literature, Embodiment, and Aesthetics, forthcoming
  • Review of Adam Pryor, Body of Christ Incarnate for You: Conceptualizing God’s Desire for the Flesh (Lexington Books, 2016) in Symposia: The Journal of Religion, forthcoming.
  • Review of Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Matthew Clemente (eds), Richard Kearney’s Anatheistic Wager: Philosophy, Theology, Poetics (Indiana University Press, 2018) in Reading Religion, August 2018 (published online).
  • Review of Brian Harding and Michael R. Kelly (eds.), Early Phenomenology: Metaphysics, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2016) in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 84/1 (2018), 149-152.
  • Review of David Galston, God’s Human Future: The Struggle to Define Theology Today (Polebridge Press, 2016) in Reviews in Religion & Theology, 25/2 (2018): 276-279.
  • Review of Michael P. Berman, Merleau-Ponty and God: Hallowing the Hollow (Lexington Books, 2017) in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, January 2018 (published online).

Academic Presentations

  • A Storied Age?: Taylor, Kearney, and the Need for Better Narratives”—McGill-CREOR Graduate Student Conference: “Problematizing Religious Diversity in a Secular Age”, September 2017.
  • “‘Yes, yes’ With/out ‘No, no’: Understanding Apparent Equivocation in Derrida”—Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting, Ryerson University, May 2017.
  • “Hegel’s Phenomenology of Mind(fulness): Active Passivity and the Wondrous Journey to Compassion”—Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists Annual Meeting: “Phenomenology and Mindfulness”, Ramapo College, May 2017.
  • “Eschatological Erotic Enfleshment: Incarnation as Nuptial Nexus of Human and Divine”— Queen’s University Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: “Unravelling Religion 4: Bodies and Objects”, May 2017.
  • “Metaxologizing Our God-Talk: Desmond, Kearney, and the Divine Between”—Between Metaphysics, Aesthetics and Religion: International Symposium in Honour of William Desmond, KU Leuven, April 2017.