Laughlin-Paul-AlanProfessor of Religion and Philosophy
Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio

Paul Alan Laughlin is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, where he teaches Comparative Religions and American Religious History. A native of Northern Kentucky, he is the author of numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics in religious studies, including Remedial Christianity: What Every Believer Should Know about the Faith, but Probably Doesn’t (Polebridge Press, 2000), and Getting Oriented: What Every Christian Should Know about the World’s Religions, but Probably Doesn’t, forthcoming. An ordained Unity minister and an accomplished jazz pianist, Dr. Laughlin is a frequent guest speaker, workshop leader, and musician at churches and conferences all over the country.


Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., Emory University
  • M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1968

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein College, 1993–
  • Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein College, 1987–1993
  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein College, 1979–1987
  • Visiting Professor of Liturgics, Methodist Theological School of Ohio, 1982
  • Instructor in Religion, Northern Kentucky University, 1977–1979
  • Instructor in Theology, Emory University, 1975–1976
  • Teaching Assistant, Candler School of Theology, 1972–1974

Ecclesiastical Experience and Status

  • Ordained Unity Minister, 1995–
  • Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, 1969–1994
  • Pastor, Salem U. Meth. Church, Newport Kentucky, 1976–1979
  • United Methodist Campus Minister, Northern Kentucky. University, 1976–1979

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Ohio Academy of Religion
  • Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion
  • Executive Committee member and Secretary, 1999–2002
  • Associate Editor of The Journal of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion, 1999-2002

Award & Honors

  • Dempster Graduate Fellowship, 1974-1975
  • Emory University Doctoral Fellowship, 1971-1974
  • Emory University Alumni Fellowship, 1968-1971
  • Louise Taft Semple Fellowship in Classics, 1964-1968
  • President’s Fellowship, Univ. of Cincinnati, 1964-1965
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