Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics, Professor of Apologetics, Philosophy & Ethics
Office
Fosmark Centre
Phone
+1 (604) 888-7511 ext. 3806

Biography

Dr. Chamberlain holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity International University (1981) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Marquette University (1990). He has authored four books including Can We Be Good Without God and Why People Don't Believe, and published numerous articles in the fields of apologetics, ethics, and philosophy of religion.

Paul teaches in the areas of Christian Apologetics, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, and is also the Director of TWU's Institute of Christian Apologetics. Previously he served as Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Trinity Western University for ten years. During part of that time, he also held the position of Canadian Executive Director of Ravi Zacharias Ministries. He has participated widely in public debates and has made guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. he frequently presents papers at professional conferences as well as seminars and lectures in churches, universities and other community forums.

Research & Scholarship

Education

Marquette University (1986-1990) Ph.D. in Philosophy; Trinity International University (1980-1981): M. Div.; Providence College (1977-1978): B.R.E. Major in Humanities

Awards & Honors

  • Marquette University Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 1987-1990
  • ‘God Uses Ink’ Writer’s Award: honourable mention in non-fiction book category, 2001, for , (Intervarsity press, 2000)

Recent Publications

 

Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011.

How To Talk About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly: The Art of Moral Persuasion.  Downers Grove: Intervarsity press, 2005.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?  Assessing Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Issues.  Norcross, Georgia: RZIM, 2002.

Final Wishes: A Cautionary Tale About Death, Dignity, and Physician-Assisted Suicide.  Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2000.

Can We Be Good Without God?:  A Conversation about Truth, Morality, Culture and Other  Things that Matter.  Downers Grove:  Intervarsity Press, 1996.

 

Presenting Jesus in an Age of Pluralism,” , March 2007.

“Secularizing Christmas,” November 2006.

Four Consequences of the Resurrection,” March 2006.

A Call for Moral Dialogue,” December 2005.

Integrity in the Theological Learning Community,” , September 2005.

“The Spotlight of 9/11: Why a Coherent Cultural Response was Impossible,” , October 2003.

“Truth and Tolerance in an Age of Pluralism,” , Spring 2002.

“Responding to the Case for Physician-Assisted Suicide,” in 2nd edition.  Ed. F. Beckwith (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2001).

“Last Wishes,” , Spring 2000.

“The Quest for Spirituality,” , September/April, 1997.

“Wilberforce: Pioneer of Social Justice,” , March/April, 1997.

“Can We Be Good Without God?”  , Spring/Summer 1997

“Training Leaders: Can Philosophy Help?”  , No. 24, Spring, 1995.

“Physician-Assisted Suicide: Should We or Shouldn’t We?”  Vol. 1, No. 4, Fall, 1995.

“Physician-Assisted Suicide.” Part I. .  Vol. 4, No. 8, August, 1995.

“Physician-Assisted Suicide.” Part II. .  Vol. 4, No. 9, September, 1995.

 

Craig Daigle. by New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 

Evans, Abigail Rian,  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010.

Kelly Munroe Kullberg, ed., Downers Grove: Intervarsity press, 1996. 

 

“Recent Creative Atheist Strategies for Shifting The Burden of Proof.” Presented at the Evangelical Philosophical Society Meetings, Baltimore, MD, November 19, 2013.

“Why Christianity Is Not The Root of All Evil.” Presented at the annual conference of The International Society of Christian Apologists, Wake Forest, N. Carolina, April 30, 2011.

"Is Religion Dangerous: A Christian Reply to the Modern Atheists"? Presented at Simon Fraser University Faculty & Graduate student forum, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, January 29, 2010.

“Does Religion Breed Violence: The Connection Between Religion and Violence.” Presented at Canadian Christian Political Science Association conference, Trinity Western University, June 3, 2008.

“Understanding and Responding to Religious Pluralism.” Presented at C.S. Lewis Christian Thought Series, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.  January 21-22, 2007.

“Doing Politics Ethically: Developing and Applying Moral Principles to Political Life.” Presented at Faith/Political Interface Conference, Ottawa, Canada. February 22-25, 2006.

“John Hick, Religious Pluralism, and Some Implications for Christianity.” Presented at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries conference in Detroit.  February 1999.

“Thomas Hobbes a Psychological Egoist Wasn’t He?” Presented at Philosopher’s Forum, Spring, 1995, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC.

“Interpreting Mill’s Harm Principle.” Presented at Northwest Conference on Philosophy, November 7, 1992. Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

 

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Evangelical Philosophical Society; Journal is .
  • American Academy of Religion: Journal is

Expertise

Ethics, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion

Courses Taught

Courses in Christian Apologetics:

  • Apologetics in a Postmodern World
  • Challenges to Christianity
  • Historical Jesus
  • Reliability of Scripture
  • Problem of Evil & Suffering
  • Communicating Christianity in a Postmodern World
  • The Case for Christianity (online format)

Courses in Philosophy:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethical Issues
  • Christian Ethics
  • Issues in Social Justice