Annette Evans, PhD

Associate Professor, Department Chair of Religious Studies

Degrees and Certifications:

  • University of Virginia, PhD in Religious Studies (Philosophical Theology)
  • University of Arkansas, MA in Philosophy
  • Rhodes College, BA in Religious Studies

Dr. Evans received a BA in religious studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. After completing her MA in philosophy from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, she relocated to Charlottesville to pursue a PhD in philosophical theology. Her dissertation topic was an examination of the relationship between finitude and evil in Paul Tillich's existential theology. Dr. Evans is interested in the relationship between human nature, original sin, and evil, and her ongoing research attempts to show how these concepts find expression in philosophy and religion in both eastern and western traditions.


  • Theological Themes:  The Invisible Comforter:  Isaiah 40:21-31, Lectionary Homiletics, February 2012
  • Theological Themes:  2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Lectionary Homiletics, February 2012
  • Theological Themes:  The Hidden Creed:  Mark 1:40-45, Lectionary Homiletics, February 2012
  • Theological Themes:  The Promise of Faith:  Psalm 25:1-10, Lectionary Homiletics, February 2012
  • Willie's Living Faith (published by Musacadine Lines, online journal, October 2011)
  • Theological Themes:  From Confusion to Clarity:  The Walk to Emmaus, Lectionary Homiletics, May 2011
  • Theological Themes:  The Miracle of Birth:  Acts 2:42-47, Lectionary Homiletics, May 2011
  • Theological Themes: Psalm 8Lectionary Homiletics, Volume XXI, Number 3, April-May 2010
  • Theological Themes: Acts 2:1-21Lectionary Homiletics, Volume XXI, Number 3, April-May 2010
  • Exegesis, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16Lectionary Homiletics, Volume XXI, Number 2, February-March 2010
  • "Inevitable, but not necessary:  An ontological analysis of Paul Tillich's interpretation of the Immanent Fall"  -Pending Review

Research Interests:

  • The Axial Age, in particular the work of Confucius and Siddhartha Guatama (the Buddha), 19th and 20th Century existential theology and philosophy

Lectures and Public Speaking:

  • The Path(s) to Enlightenment (Daura Gallery Select Sundays lecture series, October, 2011)
  • Another Look at Original Sin (Lynchburg College Faculty Lecture Series, January 2009)
  • Faith in a Seed: Words of Wisdom from Henry David Thoreau to the 21st Century (Keynote Lecture, Phi Beta Kappa Initiation, Mary Baldwin College, May 2007)
  • Stories of the Messengers: The Blessings and Burdens of Being Chosen (Daura Gallery Select Sundays Lecture, October 2009)
  • Panel Member, Religion and Homosexuality, Randolph College, March 2009
  • Response to Papers, Virginia Philosophical Association, Annual Meetings in 2008 and 2009

Honors and Awards:

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations:

  • North American Paul Tillich Society
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Virginia Philosophical Association

Personal Information

I live with my family in Charlottesville. My hobbies include reading and playing the piano. We also enjoy caring for our large extended family of cats, dogs, and a horse.

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