- Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, Claremont Graduate University, 2003
- M.A., Philosophy, Biola University, 1997
- B.S., Education, Multnomah College, 1990
Paul Spears is an educator who is intensely interested in how foundational philosophical commitments drive educational theories. In his work he investigates how educational history, philosophy and learning theories combine to construct educational praxis. Dr. Spears has lead groups of Torrey Honors students to Mongolia to work with Campus Crusade for Christ. He has spoken all over the nation on apologetics, theology, and educational philosophy. He has written a chapter on philosophy for ACSI's Foundations of Christian Education, and recently co-authored a book on educational philosophy, Educating for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective, forthcoming through Intervarsity Press. Before teaching at Biola, Dr. Spears was a youth minister for five years, and he enjoys working in an institution where he is not only an academic, but is able to minister to his students.
- Evangelical Philosophical Society
- Philosophy of Education Society
Awards and Honors
- Provost Award of Excellence in Teaching, Biola University
- Education for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective, Integration and Education Series, InterVarsity Press, forthcoming Spring/Summer '09.
- Foundations of Christian School Education , Chapter One: “Introduction to Philosophy,” Purposeful Design Publications, July 2003.
- “Luther, Protestantism, and Education” in William Jeynes and David W. Robinson, eds., International Handbook of Protestant Education, Springer, Winter 2012.
- “Truth and Common Sense: C.S. Lewis on Educational Assessment,” Faith and Law Conference, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., February 2008.