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Department of Religious Studies

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Carl Raschke

  • Carl Raschke

    Carl Raschke

Professor, graduate adviser
Sturm Hall 273
Phone: 303-871-3117


PhD, Harvard University

Areas of expertise/Research interests

  • Continental philosophy/philosophy of religion
  • Political philosophy/political theology
  • Globalization theory

Current research and projects

Dr. Raschke has wide-ranging interests and engagements. He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from contemporary philosophical and religious thought to globalization issues as well as popular religion and culture and technology and society. He has also served the board of directors and on national committees of the American Academy of Religion. He is co-founder and senior editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and has been involved heavily in recent years in the development of national online learning initiatives. In recent years Dr. Raschke has led students on numerous trips to Vienna, Austria where he has helped develop both research and study abroad opportunities, especially at the University of Vienna, for graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of social justice, religious theory, and the visual arts.

Professional biography

Carl Raschke was born in New York City and has lived in Texas, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Oklahoma. 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 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 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. At present he is a regular contributor to the blogs Church and Pomo and to Political Theology.

In the news


Dr. Raschke's latest book is Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event (University of Virginia Press, 2012). Other recent books include GloboChrist (Baker Academic, 2008) and The Next Reformation (Baker Academic, 2004,The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University (Routledge 2002), Fire and Roses: Postmodernity and the Thought of the Body (State University of New York, 1995) and The Engendering God (Westminster, 1995), which deals with feminist strains in early Christianity.

Perhaps his widely-known popular book, Painted Black (HarperCollins, 1991), surveys the relationship between certain religious cults and violence in contemporary society. His book The Interruption of Eternity (Nelson-Hall, 1980), is regarded as a standard reference work on the origins of the New Age movement.

Dr. Raschke's personal website can be found at