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About Paul

~ Sea of Galilee

Paul R. Shockley is Professor of Bible & Theology at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston, Lecturer of Philosophy at Stephen F. Austin State University's division of Multidisciplinary Programs in Nacogdoches, Texas, & adjunct faculty member at J. Dalton Havard School of Theological Studies (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Houston Campus). 

B.A., History, Stephen F. Austin State University;

Th.M, Exposition and Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary;

M.A. Humanities - History of Ideas, the University of Texas-Dallas;

Ph.D. Philosophy, Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas). 

Paul also served in the United States Naval Reserves and received an honorable discharge. 

Paul's areas of interest include Aesthetics, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Pop Culture, and Theology.  His dissertation at Texas A&M centered on the aesthetics of American philosopher John Dewey.

In view of his interdisciplinary background, Paul's interests involve five areas of thought:

(1) Critiques of reductionism and fact/value splits in thought and life; 

(2) The dynamic relationship between the arts, everyday living, and community;

(3) The examination of the existential issues of the human condition in worldview thinking;

(4) The corresponding thesis between virtue and deontological ethics; 

(5) The pursuit, problems, perils, and promises of pleasure. 

Along with Dr. Timothy Demy, Paul is co-editor of Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture (ABC-CLIO). 

 In 2015, "Human Limitations, The Hermeneutics of Suspicion, and the Holy Spirit's Ministry of Illumination" in The Theory and Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics: Essays in Honor of Dr. Elliott E. Johnson (Silverton, OR: Lampion Press), eds by H. Wayne House and Forrest S. Weiland was published (click book image to learn more).

His article, "A Way of Seeing War and Peace: Methodologies of Michel Foucault" in Philosophers and War, edited by Timothy J. Demy, Eric Patterson, and Jeffrey Shaw (Stone Tower Books, 2017) is now available on Amazon (click book image for link to Amazon page):

Finding Fulfillment in an Age of Captivity. This forthcoming work explores the existential struggles of the human condition (e.g., happiness; hope; meaning; purpose; identity; fulfillment) and how God can satisfy them. 

Paul R. Shockley, Worship As Experience: An Inquiry into John Dewey's Aesthetics, the Arts, and the Culture Gap. This work applies John Dewey's critique of and contribution to aesthetics (primarily, Art as Experience) to corporate worship experiences in the local church. This work is published by SFASU Academic Press and is now available from Amazon:

Thinking With Excellence is a new work to be published fall 2018 for those who are first generation students (whose parents never received a formal education at the college or university level). Here we offer step-by-step instructions abour how to navigate through the promises, pleasures, and perils of academia with time-tested insights that will propel them to excellence, outpacing those who possess deep resources and amazing privileges.

Forthcoming: The Lampion Glossary of Philosophy.  This work, which is one volume in a wide-range series in general education, is a dictionary of philosophical terms to assist the general reader and undergraduate student with a basic understanding of major terms in philosophy (Stone Tower Books, 2018). 

1998 article, "Postmodernism as a Basis for Society?" in God of the Bible and Other Gods by Dr. Robert P. Lightner (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998).

While at Dallas Theological Seminary Paul was awarded the John F. Walvoord Award in Eschatology, Fred C. Lincoln Award in Bible Exposition, and the Robert and Rosemary Cromwell Scholarship Award. 

He is married to Jill and have four children:  Schaeffer Wesley, Spencer Paul, Seth Michael, and Julianna Grace.  They reside in Stafford, Texas.

His hobbies include beekeeping, gardening, painting, scuba diving, weightlifting, and exploring the culture, geography, and history of the Holy Land.

Dr. Paul R. Shockley
C/O College of Biblical Studies
7000 Regency Square Blvd., Houston, Texas 77036
Phone: 713.785.5995


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