Faculty Spotlight: Michael Plato

Meet Michael Plato

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Candidate, Intellectual History and Historical Theology (Free University of Amsterdam)
  • M.T.S., Historical Theology (Toronto Baptist Seminary)
  • M.A., Popular Culture (Brock University)
  • B.A., Philosophy (Trinity College, University of Toronto)
  • Additional Studies (Yale University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Michael Plato believes Christian academics are called to be modern "men of Issachar" (1 Chron. 12:32), who understand the times so that they may better instruct others.

Plato was an instructor at Ryerson University, Humber College and Seneca College. He was also a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Tyndale University College. He is also a review Editor for Contemporary Religion and Culture at booksataglance.com

Professional Associations and Affiliations
  • Member of the Evangelical Theological Society
  • Member of the American Society of Church History
  • Member of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History
  • Member of the Popular Culture Association of Canada
  • Member of the Senior Common Room, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Publications
  • He Shall Open Their Minds: E.Y. Mullins and the Testimonium Spiritus Sancti Internum. Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, Forthcoming.
  • Selected entries for A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. William B. Eerdmans Publishing, Forthcoming.
  • "The Serrated Pen of Douglas Wilson." Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2012.
  • "Alvin Plantinga: Conflicted About Science and Religion." The College Quarterly, vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2012.
  • "Negotiating Religious Discourse in the Classroom Environment." The SELS Review, Vol. 2, Sept. 2012.
  • "English 101: Evangelicals and English Literature." Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2011.
  • "There'll Always Be An England: Anglophilia and Antimodern Leisure." The College Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 4, Fall 2010.
Presentations
  • "Where Posthumanism is Both Right and Wrong." A paper delivered at the Davenant Trust's Convivium Irenicum, Toronto, January, 2016.
  • "Meeting God at the Movies: A Forum on Faith and Contemporary Film." Panelist. Imago Arts, Toronto International Film Festival , September, 2015.
  • "The Hand of the King: Hollywood's Continued Fascination with the Monarchy." A paper delivered at the Popular Culture Association of Canada national conference, Niagara Falls, May, 2015.
  • "Archibald Alexander and the Birth of the Modern Communications Revolution." A paper delivered at the ETS, Ontario Regional Conference, Tyndale University College, Spring, 2015.
  • "From Hogwarts to Downton Abbey: Antimodernism, Anglophilia and Heterotopic Spaces in Contemporary Popular Media." A paper delivered at the Humber College Liberal Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Conference on Urban Experiences, Humber College, Autumn, 2014.
  • "Edgar Young Mullins and the Theology of Experience." A paper delivered at the Canadian Baptist Historical Society, Heritage College and Seminary, Spring, 2013.
  • "England for Sale: Anglophilia and the Consumer Experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake." A paper delivered at the Seneca College Academic Forum, Seneca College, Spring, 2012.