Paul Copan

Paul Copan (Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.  He is author and editor of over thirty books, including works such as The Rationality of TheismThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of ReligionCreation out of Nothing, Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues, The Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and ScienceA Little Book for New Philosophers, and The Cosmological Argument (a two-volume anthology). He has also contributed essays to over thirty books, both scholarly and popular, and has authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children, and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. His website is


2018 Forum Sessions

Afternoon Workshops

De-Conversion: Why People Leave the Christian Faith - and (Re)Turn to It

Many of us know individuals who have abandoned the Christian faith of their youth, often for intellectual reasons and the onset of deep doubts. These reasons should be understood and fairly examined. But so should the reasons of those intellectuals who have (re)turned to the Christian faith and have found—as C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton did—that it brings illumination and clarity to the whole of reality.


Jesus-Shaped Cultures: The Historical Impact of the Gospel

Many key features of Western civilization—democracy, human rights, science, the free market, public education—are the legacy of the biblical faith being lived out by believers in society. Furthermore, this point is acknowledged by various historians and other scholars who are not theists at all. Moreover, these democratizing goods cannot be sustained through politics and legislative fiat because what gave rise to them is much deeper and far more transformative.



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