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Woolman Lecture I: The Seven Deadly Sins, by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

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The Seven Deadly Sins, Self-Examination, and Spiritual Formation”

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Contemporary culture seems to trivialize the "seven deadly sins" (or “capital vices”) as if they have no moral or spiritual implications. What would it look like to take the vices seriously as disordered loves that destroy our ability to love ourselves, each other, and God? Recovering the traditional meanings of gluttony, sloth, lust, and others requires attention to their roots in the Christian tradition of spiritual formation. This tradition can show us how the vices shape our lives; it can also offer practical resources for resisting these deeply rooted patterns of sin and redirecting us toward Christlike virtues.

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Dr. DeYoung (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) has taught ethics and the history of philosophy at Calvin College for 20 years. She is the author of Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies (Brazos 2009), Vainglory: the Forgotten Vice (Eerdmans 2014) and the co-author of Aquinas’ Ethics (Notre Dame 2009). Her articles on various virtues and vices have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She received The Character Project’s Book and Essay Prize for her chapter on courage in Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Eerdmans 2012) and the C. S. Lewis Book Prize for Glittering Vices. Dr. DeYoung lectures widely on the seven capital vices and character formation at colleges and universities, churches, on Capitol Hill, and in correctional facilities.

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