Dr Mark Vernon is a writer, commentator and psychotherapist.
He is known for contributing to and presenting programmes on BBC radio, writing for the UK national press notably the Guardian and the Church Times, as well as online publications like Aeon and podcasting, notably The Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues with Rupert Sheldrake. He also publishes online talks such as How to See Spiritually and Philosophy as Awakening.
His next book, to be published in 2019, is A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the Last Inkling and the Evolution of Consciousness (John Hunt Publishing) and he is the author of several previous books, including The Meaning of Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan), Plato’s Podcasts (Oneworld), Carl Jung (Guardian Shorts), Dictionary of Religion and Beliefs (Ed – Chambers Harrap), Wellbeing (Routledge), and The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books). He speaks at UK festivals such as Greenbelt, Port Eliot, No9, Wilderness and How The Light Gets In, and is involved with The Idler and The School of Life projects in London.
He works as a psychotherapist in private practice and at the Maudsley hospital in south London. His PhD is in ancient Greek philosophy, and he has other degrees in physics and theology. He used to be an Anglican priest.