Witold Wolny


Associate Professor of Religion
Field Director
International Programs
Smiddy Hall 255

Courses Taught

  • Science and Religion
  • Pop Culture and Religion
  • Theories of Human Nature
  • Theories of Religion
  • Introduction to The Old Testament
  • Introduction to The New Testament
  • Religions of the World
  • One Nation Under God? Religion in Contemporary America
  • History of Ideas
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Philosophy: Introduction to Epistemology, Philosophical Anthropology, Ontology and Ethics
  • Classical Guitar
  • Spanish 1010 – 3000

Research Interests

The relationship between religion and contemporary culture. In particular, how contemporary science impact our world views and challenges religious paradigms.

Professional Interests

  • Member of the Editorial Committee for “Thémata. Revista de Filosofía”. Seville, Spain.
  • Member of American Academy of Religion.
  • Board member of the American International Educators Administration Leadership Committee
  • Member of the Society for Scientific Study of Religion.
  • Founder Member of the Hispanic Society of Anthropological Philosophy (SHAF).
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.
  • NAFSA (Association for International Educators).
  • VIE (Virginia International Educators).  Member of the Board.


  • The Harrison Award for Contribution to Academic Mission (2019)
  • Committed to Diversity Award, University of Virginia at Wise (2013)
  • Harrison Award for Outstanding Service, UVA Wise (2011 and 2015)

Selected Publications

“La religión postmoderna y el paradigma ontoteológico de Jacinto Choza Armenta”, Hombre y Cultura, F. Rodriguez Valls and J.Padial (eds), Estudios Themata, Sevilla, 2016

“What, How, and Why: The Geertzian Definition of Religion and Neurotheological Project on Meta and Megatheology”, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS), Vol. 2 No. 5; March 2012.

“Love in the Theory of Positive Disintegration”, article published in Heksis, Polish-English Online Quarterly bilingual (Polish-English) psychology journal, Barcelona-Warsaw 2009.

“El problema antropológico de la desecularización”. (Anthropological Problem of Secualrization)  Antropología y Humanismo, (various authors), CEU, Madrid, 1999. ISBN: 84-95219-08-5.

Ph.D. (Philosophy), – University of Seville, Spain, 2007
Postgraduate studies: University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1995
M.A., (Applied Theology), – University of Salamanca, Spain, 1993
M.A./S.T.L. Theological Institute ‘San Ildefonso’, Toledo, Spain, 1989
B.A. – Pontifical Academy of Theology, Cracow, Poland, 1988
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