Dr. Michael Carper was born in Topeka, Kansas but grew up in Kansas City and Nebraska. He has also lived in L.A., Boston, and Northfield, Minnesota, in addition to living in St. Louis for twenty years now. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, where he wrote his dissertation on The Problem of Suffering. His other graduate degrees include an M.T.S. in Theology from Boston University, as well as an M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska–Kearney, where he also did his undergraduate work, receiving his B.A. in Philosophy, English, Biology, and History.
Dr. Carper has numerous hobbies. He loves movies, good food, and is learning more and more about the art of cooking. He loves the outdoors, hiking and camping, and especially climbing and bouldering. He also loves ballroom dancing, which he has been studying for three years now. His favorite dances are tango, foxtrot, swing, and salsa. He enjoys staying fit using the techniques of CrossFit. And, of course, he loves to read. Some of his favorite authors are: Plato, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, and Robert Frost. He loves teaching, and communicating to students the power of ideas that can be found in the Great Books of the Western tradition. Dr. Carper returned to his faith while writing his dissertation, realizing that the solution to the problem of suffering can only be found in that most unique of all places: the Cross and Resurrection of Christ.