Academic journal article Theological Studies

Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice

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Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice. By Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. x + 157. $14.

In her aptly titled work, philosopher DeYoung draws upon Aquinas, Augustine, and the desert fathers to analyze a character flaw rarely addressed in contemporary ethics, despite its ubiquity (under other names) in contemporary Western culture. As D. explains, vainglory poses a number of problems for Christian ethics. If vainglory is a vice, in what sense is glory a virtue, especially given the traditional emphasis upon humility in Christian thought? Moreover, Aquinas's approach to vainglory, upon which D. relies, includes a broad range of behaviors that raise disparate spiritual questions, from the pursuit of notoriety at any cost to the pursuit of excellence or even sanctity for unworthy reasons. As a result, success in overcoming some aspects of vainglory can create a temptation to other more insidious forms, including the "seductive addiction to applause" (8). D. also poses two interesting methodological questions. Since the Christian tradition sees the glory of created things as derivative from and evidence of divine glory, to what degree can one discuss vainglory as a secular vice? …

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