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Faculty: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Professor, Philosophy

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Educational Background

PhD, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2000
MA, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1995
B.A., Philosophy and Communication Arts & Sciences, Calvin College, 1993


  • Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (153)
  • Ethics (205)
  • History of Western Philosophy I (251)
  • Plato and Aristotle (312)
  • Aquinas (322)
  • Ethical Theory (365)
  • Philosophy Topics: The Seven Capital Vices (396)
  • at Calvin Theological Seminary: The Seven Capital Vices in Contemporary Culture and the Christian Tradition (HTSH 387)

Research Interests

Seven Deadly Sins, Thomas Aquinas, Ethics, History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy


Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2014)

All about the vice you didn't know you had — and what to do about it.


"In Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice DeYoung tells the story of this vice, moving from its ancient origins to its modern expressions. She defines vainglory, gives examples from popular culture, explores motivational sources, and discusses other vices associated with it such as hypocrisy and boasting. After exposing the many ways in which vainglory can rear its ugly head, she explores personal spiritual practices that can help us resist it and community practices that can help us handle glory well." Eerdmans

"At last a book that takes head-on what is perhaps the capital vice of modern culture. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung draws from the classical tradition of Christian moral thinking to introduce us to the life-giving virtues, which alone can free us from the plague of narcissism that is the cultural zeitgeist of our day. I recommend this book highly." Richard J. Foster
— author of Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

"DeYoung's Vainglory is the best thing out there on the vices of pride. It's profound, readable, witty, telling, historically informative, and pastorally helpful." Gregg Ten Elshof
— author of I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life

The Little Logic Book (Calvin College Press, 2013). Co-authored with Lee Hardy, Del Ratzsch, and Greg Mellema.




vices.jpegGlittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies (Brazos, 2009).

Read a review at the Church Connection blog

"Glittering Vices is a lucid, historically informed, and well-illustrated exploration of the seven deadly sins. DeYoung's book will unquestionably help teachers, students, and laypersons toward the Socratic and Christian goal of self-examination. This in an invaluable guide for anyone seeking self-understanding, spiritual growth, and philosophical insight."
–W. Jay Wood, Wheaton College

"Rebecca DeYoung gives us an in-depth, informing, and frequently fascinating look at the vices and why they glitter. For the believer, reading her words will become, in and of itself, an act of spiritual formation."
–Phyllis Tickle

aquinasethics.jpegAquinas’s Ethics: Metaphysical Foundations, Theological Context, and Moral Theory (University of Notre Dame, 2009). Co-authored with Colleen McCluskey and Christina Van Dyke.

overcoming.jpegOvercoming Sin (FaithAlive Christian Resources, 2008).

sevendeadly.jpegThe Seven Deadly Sins: A Survival Guide (FaithAlive Christian Resources, 2007).

Recent Publications/Presentations

“Resistance to the Demands of Love” in Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, vol. 49 (2013).

“The Vice of Sloth: Some Historical Reflections on Laziness, Effort, and Resistance to the Demands of Love.”  The Other Journal 10 (Fall 2007).  Revised version forthcoming in Craig Boyd and Kevin Timpe (eds.), Virtues and Their Vices (Oxford University Press, 2012).

"Holy Fear." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86:1 (Winter 2012).

“Practicing Hope.” Plenary address, conference on the theological virtue of hope, Viterbo University, WI, March 2012.

“Courage” in Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life, Eds. Mike Austin and Doug Geivett.  (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012).

“Groundhog Day as Thomistic Therapy: Aquinas on the Vice of Sloth.” Invited lecture, Department of Humanities, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, October 2011.

“When Image is Everything: The Vice of Vainglory,” invited lecture, Institute for Spiritual Formation, Biola University, October 2011.

“Preaching and Teaching the Vices,” workshop at Trinity Christian College, March 2011.

“The Seven Capital Vices and Spiritual Formation,” Wheaton College, February 2011.

“Aquinas on the Vice of Sloth: Three Interpretive Issues,” Thomist 75:1 (January 2011).

“Pedagogical Rhythms: Practices and Reflections on Practices” in Teaching, Learning, and Christian Practices, eds. David Smith and James K.A. Smith (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011).

“Desert Monks and Medieval Trees: Sources and Developments in the Seven Deadly Sins Tradition,” Pieter Bruegel Lecture Series, Calvin College, November 2010.

“The Vice of Vainglory,” Stob Lectures, Calvin College, November 2010.

Summer Research Seminar co-leader, with Robert Kruschwitz, “Capital Vices and the Christian Tradition,” Calvin Seminars for Christian Scholarship, Calvin College, June-July 2010.

“The Seven Capital Vices and Spiritual Formation,” Calvin Summer Seminars program evening
lecture, Calvin College, June 23, 2010.

7 one-hour interviews on Glittering Vices, “Open House” radio talk show, Australia, May 2010.

Additional information

Listen to podcasts of Prof. DeYoung's C.S. Lewis Institute talks, Nov 7-9, 2013.

Apply monastic wisdom to your life. Read Prof. DeYoung's recent article "New Life in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for Public Life"

Read Prof. DeYoung's interview on The Brazos Blog.

Watch Prof. DeYoung on InnerCompass.

Read about Prof. DeYoung's recent honor as a Character Project Character Essay winner for her chapter "Courage" in Being Good:Christian Virtues for Everyday Life.

Read about Prof. DeYoung's honor as second place winner of the C.S. Lewis Book Prize at the University of St. Thomas for her book Glittering Vices: a New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and their Remedies.

Listen to a series of interviews with Prof. DeYoung about her book Glittering Vices from Open House radio in Australia. There are interviews on anger, envy, sloth, vainglory, and wrath.

Read an interview with Prof. DeYoung from Christianity Today.

Watch Prof. DeYoung's Stob Lectures on the Vice of Vainglory.


The back garden of Darwin College, Cambridge (UK), where Prof. DeYoung's 2006 summer NEH seminar was located. This is also the site of her adventures in punting, on a boat called "the Velociraptor" (a dinosaur known for its speed in pursuing its prey).