Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Andrew Chignell was a naturally curious and cerebral student. He developed an interest in philosophy early on, thanks to an influential English teacher who hosted voluntary early-morning discussions on metaphysical poetry and existentialism over doughnuts and hot chocolate. “It met this intellectual need I felt I had,” Chignell says.
He was also raised in an evangelical home, and he credits this upbringing with shaping his philosophical focus. “I was brought up pretty seriously religious,” he says. “I wanted to figure out some of these [religious concepts], and whether I believed any of them, and why.”