Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

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  • Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
  • Professor of Philosophy, Calvin University

Scroll below and click the Watch Now button for Dr. Rebecca De Young's presentation from the 2021 January Series. She recently released the 2nd edition of her book, Glittering Vices, which explores why our hearts are captivated by glittery but false substitutes for true human goodness and happiness. This presentation was recorded on January 6, 2021 and will be available for viewing until January 26, 2021. For more information on the January Series, visit

Rebecca 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). Recent essays about various vices and virtues—hope, despair, sloth, courage, magnanimity, wrath, and vainglory—appear in Virtues and Their Vices (Oxford), Being Good (Eerdmans), and Cambridge Critical Guide to Aquinas’s De Malo (Cambridge), and the journals Res Philosophica, ACPQ, the Thomist, and Faith and Philosophy. 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. She and her husband, Scot, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have four children ages 15-22.

Relevant materials to this year's 2021 January Series: 

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) Lecture: Shiny, Happy People: The Vice of Vainglory

Renovare Podcast: Deadly Sins and Their Remedies 

Renovare Webinar: Why Vices Glitter in Stressful Times

Presentations at Calvin University

Glittering Vices: Soul Care for Struggling Christians
Part of the: January Series
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:30:00 PM
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Publication(s) for this event

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and their Remedies

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and their Remedies
by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
Brazos Press (March 1, 2010, 2nd edition June, 2020)
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Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice cover image

Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice
by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (December 3, 2014)
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Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung - "Vainglory Stories: Stealing Pears and Peeling Onions”
Part of the: Stob Lecture Series
Thursday, November 4, 2010 07:30:00 PM
Seminary Chapel

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung - "The Tree of Vices: Roots, Branches, and Bitter Fruits"
Part of the: Stob Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 07:30:00 PM
Seminary Chapel


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