Mark J. Maharaj is a computer programmer who was raised Roman Catholic in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Mark became a non-theist as a result of his critical examination of the claims of many religions. An advocate for the rights of human and non-human animals, Mark is a vegan, feminist and effective altruist. He is a volunteer with the Centre for Inquiry Canada, an educational charity promoting the application of skeptical, secular, rational and humanistic inquiry. For the past several years, Mark has been involved in coordinating discussions of apologetics with both Christian and non-Christian groups.