Dr. Paul R. Shockley

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Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Bible

  • B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University

  • M.A., University of Texas-Dallas (History of Ideas Humanities)

  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (Systematic Theology/Bible Exposition)

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


Paul primarily teaches in the areas of Christian Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, Ethics, Spiritual Life, Systematic Theology, and Worldview Thinking. He also teaches courses on faith and film, theological and philosophical ideas in the writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, the thought and life of Francis A. Schaeffer, Philosophy of Art, Literary Traditions, and Fundamentals of Speech.

Paul is married to Jill and they have four adult children: Schaeffer Wesley, Spencer Paul, Seth Michael and Julianna Grace.

Paul has lectured in Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia and Scotland, and has taught at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Houston Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Havard School of Theological Studies.

His hobbies include beekeeping, gardening, scuba diving, and weightlifting. He frequently leads tours to the Holy Land.

Paul’s personal website is

Paul is also a visiting scholar for 2018-2019 with Reasons to Believe.

Scholarly Interests

  • Paul is also a visiting scholar for 2018-2019 with Reasons to Believe.

  • Critiques of reductionism and fact/value splits in thought and life

  • The dynamic interplay between the arts, everyday living, aesthetic experiences, philosophy, biblical and systematic theology, and the well-being of community (s)

  • The examination of the existential issues of the human condition

  • The corresponding thesis between virtue and deontological ethics

  • The pursuit, problems, perils, and promises of pleasure

  • The history of evangelicalism in recent America

  • Relationship between aesthetics and philosophy of religion

  • The interplay between nature deficit disorder, landscape ecology, and philosophical and theological aesthetics.

  • European Holocaust

  • Land, history, and archeology of the Holy Land


    • “Life: When It's More Than What You Can Handle" [Afterward] in Single Adults: Lives Well Lived by James E. Towns (Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2018).

    • “Honoring All Perspectives in Ethical Challenges: A Practical Method for Preserving Human Dignity in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Cases” co-authored with Dr. Raul F. Prezas in Communicologist 45 (2) (March 2018).

    • Save the Honeybee, Save the World” in Pollinators of the World by David Kulhavy and Charles Jones (Nacogdoches, TX: Lanana Creek Press, 2018). 

    • Experience as Worship: An Inquiry into John Dewey’s Aesthetics, the Community, and the Local Church (Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2018).

    • “A Way of Seeing War in Peace: Methodologies of Michel Foucault” in Philosophers and War, edited by Timothy Demy, Jeffrey Shaw, and Eric Patterson (Providence, RI: Stone Tower Books, 2017) with forward by James Turner Johnson.

    • “Co-editor of Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2017).

Articles written for encyclopedia include:

    Emerging and Emergent Environmentalism Ethics Fine Arts L’Abri Fellowship Ryrie, Charles C. (co-author with Matias Perez) Schaeffer, Francis and Edith Science Theological Controversies Walvoord, John F.


  • Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, editors George Thomas Kurian & Mark A. Lamport (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016): Three articles published:

      Christianity in American Life Dogmatic Theology Trinitarian Theology
  • “Human Limitations, The Hermeneutics of Suspicion, and the Holy Spirit’s Ministry of Illumination,” in The Theory & Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics: Essays in honor of Elliott E. Johnson (Silverton, OR: Lampion Press, 2015).

  • “The Postmodern Theory of Probability on Evangelical Hermeneutics” Conservative Theological Journal: CTJ 04:11 (April 2000).

  • Appendix article published, “Postmodernism as a Basis for Society?” in God of the Bible and Other Gods by Robert P. Lightner (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998), 197-208.

  • “Ethics of a Concierge” in Where Magazine of Dallas (October 1997).

Forthcoming Publications

The Lampion Guide to Philosophy (Silverton, OR: Lampion Press, 2018)Finding Meaning in an Age of Captivity (Providence, RI: Stone Tower Books, 2018)“Philosophical Aesthetics of W. E. B. Du Bois” in forthcoming edited volume.

Presentations include

  • “The Moral Aim of the Arts: Using the Arts to Help Heal Divided Communities” (July 2018) at American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • “Save the Honeybee, Save the World” for Rotary Club of Oyster Creek (June 2018)

  • “Use of Aesthetics in Community” for Rotary Club of Oyster Creek (February 2018)

  • Guest speaker on the role of aesthetics of nature and urban life for Reasons to Believe Houston Chapter (November 2018).

  • “How be the Hero the World Needs in Three Difficult Steps” Commencement Address for SCCHE High School Graduation (May 2017).

  • Panel Discussion over Modern Art and the life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism with authors with Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dryness for Consultation Group (November 2016).

  • Chair and participant in panel discussion for Theological Aesthetics Consultation Group, Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, George (November 2015): “Sacred Space: Creation, Creation, and the Human Body.” Panel discussion: “Human Bodies as Vehicles for Art & Artfulness: An Interplay of Vision, Space, and Person.”

  • “Lost in Obscurity: The Search for Significance and Value in an Image-Driven Age” (ETS Regional: March 2013).

  • “The Aesthetic Value of Nature in Everyday Living” (ETS November 2012)

  • “We Become What We Behold: The Search for Significance and Value in an Image-Driven Society” (Cultural Apologetics Conference, Sugar Land Texas, August 2012)

  • “What Do the Arts Have to Do with Theology?” (ETS November 2011)

  • “The Pursuit of Pleasure: An Inquiry Into the Purposes, Perils and Problems of Pleasure”, Reasonable Faith Forum in Spring, Texas (August 2011)

  • “How Graded Absolutism May Be Virtuous (ETS Regional: February 2009)

  • “Teaching Them to Obey With Style: How Graded Absolutism Can Be Virtuous” (November 2008: ETS)

  • “A Divided Community: The Postmodern Impact on Conservative Evangelicalism at the International Institute for Christian Studies”, Kansas City, Missouri (July 2007)

  • “The Artistic Development of the Theanthropic Nature of Jesus Christ in Renaissance Italy: Cimabue-Dolci” (ETS 2003).


While at Dallas Theological Seminary, Paul was awarded the John F. Walvoord award in Eschatology (1998), Fred C. Lincoln Award in Bible Exposition (2002), and the Robert and Rosemary Cromwell Award for Israel-Jordan Study Tour (1998). While at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Paul was among 60 students who received the Who’s Who Among Students in American University & Colleges (2009).

Forthcoming Research Projects

Paul is collaborating with two other disciplines of study. First, he is collaborating with Dr. Raul Prezas, associate professor with the Department of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin State University on the relationship between phronological universals and their possible contribution to philosophy of religion. And second, he is collaborating on a book project and symposium with Dr. Charles Kulhavy, professor of forestry in Department of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University involving the relationship between landscape ecology, aesthetic value, and nature deficit disorder.