Carl Raschke was born in New York City and has lived in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

A fraternal twin, he grew up in the town of Denison, Texas, which is also the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.   He later moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from high school in Lafayette, California.   He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California and his Master of Arts from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.   He went on to finish his Ph.D. at Harvard University and began teaching in the 1970s at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he is Professor of Religious Studies and past chair of

Carl R. and twin brother Curt R. with mother (Grace Raschke) and grandmother (Minnie Van Nostrand) in Oklahoma City OK, age 2.

the department (2001-07).

During his lifetime, in addition to his high-profile academic career, he has been a journalist, both full-time and part-time, as well as a magazine publishing entrepreneur and consultant/ expert witness working with attorneys and law enforcement agencies on matters involving different kinds of  religious practices.   He has published numerous books, articles, and op-ed essays in major daily newspapers on various topics including themes in contemporary Continental philosophy and Christianity,  globalization and world religions (including Islam), digital culture and its impact on learning, and contemporary culture and the arts, particularly modern and postmodern painting.  He is a well-known

expert on religion and higher education, who has been interviewed and quoted on at least

Carl’s father Charles F. Raschke, US Navy, 1942

900 different occasions over two decades in numerous local, regional, national, and international media outlets, including all the major US television networks (often on repeat occasions).

During the late 1980s and early 1990s he advised the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC on matters involving core curriculum.  He served for several years as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum.

Since 1997 he has been married to his artist wife Sunny Raschke, who grew up in Chicago but moved to Texas in the early 1980s.  Sunny has worked both full-time and part-time for more than 25 years in women’s retailing, including such companies as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since 2006 she has been immersed in a career as a professional artist, for which she studied earlier in life.

Carl’s son, Erik, is a journalist and published novelist and author of The Book of Samuel.  He is a dual American and Dutch citizen.  Erik’s wife Jikke is the producer for DWDD, one of the Netherlands’ top television shows.  Erik and his family reside in Amsterdam, and have three sons – Kes, Casjen, and Falk – born in 2006, 2009, and 2016 respectively.

Carl and Sunny Raschke, 2017

Carl has traveled widely in Europe and at present is involved in a major educational project  through the University of Denver in Vienna, Austria.

He and Sunny travel regularly back and forth between properties in Denver and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where they are involved in the arts scene and various arts organizations.  They also manage a retreat house on the Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma known as Wings of the Eagle.

Carl is available for speaking and special workshops or seminars.   For more information contact him at

© Carl Raschke 2013-