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Paul Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics, Professor of Apologetics, Philosophy & Ethics

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.


  • Memberships & Affiliations

    • Evangelical Philosophical Society; Journal is .
    • American Academy of Religion: Journal is
  • Courses Taught at TWU

    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
  • Awards & Honours

    • 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)
  • Custom Content


    Appeared as a guest on approximately 40 radio programs, 1996-present, including:

    CBC in Calgary & Regina, CHQR in Calgary, CKNW in Vancouver, CJOB in Winnipeg, CFRB in Toronto, American Family Radio in Tupelo, Mississippi,  KTIS in Minneapolis, KKMS in Atlanta, and KFUO in St. Louis.

    Appeared as a guest on approximately nine television programs including:

    • Shaw Cable, Vancouver, forum on euthanasia, May 1995
    • CHQR TV, Calgary & Edmonton, July, 1996
    • 100 Huntley Street, Greater Toronto, four times, moral & social issues, September 1996, September 2000, and September 2011.
    • It’s a New Day, Winnipeg, five times, moral & social issues, October, 1996 & 1997 and July 2011.
    • Rhonda London Live, Greater Toronto, September 2001


    (codebater: Mr. Michael Horner) with Matthew Dillahunty & Dr. Christopher DiCarlo.  Sponsored by Atheist Alliance International as part of AAI’s annual conference, Kamloops, British Columbia, May 18, 2012.

    with Dr. Colin McLeod, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.  Sponsored by the U. Vic. Philosophy Student Union, held at U.Vic., February 10, 2011.

    , a two-hour radio debate with Dr. Robert Buckman, president of the Humanist Society of Canada, Fall 2001 on CJOB Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

    ? Two debates with Mr. Svend Robinson, Canadian Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Kingsway, B.C.

    1) January, 1995 at the University of British Columbia and,

    2) October, 2000 at Trinity Western University.

    , with Dr. Faye Girsh, Executive Director of the Hemlock Society, A national debate series consisting of six debates on Canadian university campuses: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Saskatchewan, Queens University, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, and three radio interviews/debates, Oct. 27-31, 1997.

    ? Two debates with Dr. Dale Beyerstein, Head of Philosophy Dept., Langara College, Greater Vancouver, BC, January 12, 1997, held at Regent College, Vancouver, and October 13, 1999 at Trinity Western University.

    ? with Dr. Raymond Bradley, Professor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, January 25, 1996, at Simon Fraser University.

    , with Dr. Paul Russell, Asst. Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, February, 1992, at UBC.

    ?  with Dr. Roger Seamon, Assoc. Professor of English, University of British Columbia, January 1991, at the University of British Columbia.


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