Paul Otto (b. 1964) is Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, Politics, and International Studies at George Fox University. Previously he taught at Dordt College, Calvin College, and Indiana University. Degrees are from Indiana University (Ph.D.), Western Washington University (M.A.), and Dordt College (B.A.)
Otto’s philosophical thinking emerged from a strange combination of musical engagement and theological and social studies education at the hands of reconstructionist high school teachers. At Dordt College he discovered the ideas of Kuyper and Dooyeweerd, which gave him a formal framework for bringing into coherence his ideas about musical aesthetics and this Calvinian theology. In graduate school he took up individual study of Christian and reformational approaches to historical inquiry. As a professional historian, he has applied a reformational perspective in both his teaching and research.
2014. 'Christian, providential, or ecclesiastical? Charting Christian perspectives on history' Fides et Historia 14(1) (Winter/ Spring): 58-65.
2006. The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley. New York: Berghahn Press.
2006."The biblical mandate for social justice" George Fox Journal (Spring): 32.
2006. “‘Gotta Serve Somebody’: The Challenge of Christian Scholarship.” Intégrité: A Faith and Learning Journal 5, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 28-44.
2005. “In the Twilight of Dooyeweerd’s Corpus: The Publishing History of In The Twilight of Western Thought and the Future of Dooyeweerd Studies.” Philosophia Reformata 70, no. 1 (2005): 23-40.
2005. “Historical Studies and Creational Development: Constructing a History Program in Light of a Reformed Perspective.” Pro Rege 34, no. 1 (Sept. 2005): 6-15.
2005. Symposium response to Al Wolters "What is to be done ... towards a neocalvinist agenda?" Comment (December): 49.
2004. “Reassessing American Frontier Theory: Culture, Cultural Relativism, and the Middle Ground.” In Frontiers and Boundaries in United States History, ed. Cornelis A. van Minnen and Sylvia Hinton, 27-38. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2004.
2004. “Did John Calvin Teach that ‘Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God’?” A review of David W. Hall, The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding. Pro Rege XXXIII, 1 (Sept. 2004): 31-34.
2004. “Teaching History as Creational Development.” Fides et Historia 36, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2004): 118-124
2001. Review of Dictionary of the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition in America, ed. by D.G. Hart and Mark Noll. Pro Rege (June): 28-29.