For those that watched Professor DeYoung’s January Series presentation, this lecture focuses on the single vice of vain glory. Although “vainglory” is an unfamiliar term for many of us, the concept might feel uncomfortably familiar. Don’t we all want approval, recognition, and applause? What could possibly go wrong with that desire—in politics, on social media, and in worship? Careful self-examination shows us how vainglorious desires can be fueled by both pride and fear. We will explore what the Christian tradition teaches us about our own disordered desires in this area and discover practices that can turn the church into a good, glory-giving community. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, has enjoyed teaching ethics and the history of ancient and medieval philosophy at Calvin University for over 20 years. Her research focuses on the seven deadly sins, virtue ethics, and Thomas Aquinas’s work on the virtues. Her books include Glittering Vices (Brazos, 2nd edition 2020), Vainglory (Eerdmans), and a co-authored volume entitled Aquinas’s Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press). Awards for her work include the Book and Essay Prize from the Character Project and the C.S. Lewis prize for Glittering Vices. She speaks widely, including opportunities to teach in prison.
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