Dr. Paul R. Shockley

Dr. Paul R. Shockley photo


  • 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 Christian Apologetics, Ethics, Spiritual Life, Systematic Theology, and Worldview Thinking. Paul’s philosophical and theological areas of interest include Aesthetics, Bible Exposition, European Holocaust, Hermeneutics, Historical Theology, and Philosophy of Religion. Paul’s dissertation is titled, “Bridging the Culture Gap: How John Dewey’s Aesthetics May Benefit the Local Church (Texas A&M University, 2010).

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

In addition to Paul’s responsibilities at CBS, Paul is also chairman of a study group, “Theological Aesthetics,” with the Evangelical Theological Society.  Paul also has taught adjunct at various institutions including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He is also involved in leading biblical tours to Israel.

Paul has lectured in Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia and Scotland, and has taught at other institutions including Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Houston Baptist University and Darrington Unit Correctional Facility.

His hobbies include gardening, scuba diving and weightlifting.  He is also a collector of works and materials related to ancient biblical antiquities, 17th century French Jansenism and World War II.

Paul’s personal website is


  • “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)
  • “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).



Paul is working on a number of writing projects including, How to Recover from Anemic Worship; co-author of forthcoming book, Heresies and Heretics of the Early Church (Hendrickson), Remembrance and Reconciliation: Jews, Christians, and the Tragedy of the European Holocaust, co-editor with Timothy Demy, and a primer on theological prolegomena. Paul has an 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.


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 Award for Israel-Jordan Study Tour. 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).