DepartmentTorrey Honors Institute
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., Multnomah College

Biography

Paul Spears has taught in the Torrey Honors Institute since 1998, and has been director since 2012. He 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. He also studies how philosophical and theological commitments shape the way teachers and students behave in the classroom. He has spoken all over the world, from Mongolia to Washington D.C., on apologetics, theology, and educational philosophy. He is married to Lisa and has two children, Ian and Lexi.

Affiliations

  • Philosophy of Education Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society

Publications (Selected)

Books

  • Education for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective, Integration and Education Series, InterVarsity Press, 2009.
  • Foundations of Christian School Education, Chapter One: “Introduction to Philosophy,” Purposeful Design Publications, July 2003.

Book Chapter

  • "Luther, Protestantism, and Education" in William Jeynes and David W. Robinson, eds., International Handbook of Protestant Education, Springer, Winter 2012.

Presentations

  • “Truth and Common Sense: C.S. Lewis on Educational Assessment,” Faith and Law Conference, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., February 2008.
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