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Seminary Chapel

1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702

Save the dates for this spring’s 2017 Philosophy Lecture Series, featuring Rebecca DeYoung (Calvin College) on vainglory and the seven deadly sins, Kent Dunnington (Biola University) on humility, and responses to both from Andrew Fiala, Chair of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm (Seminary Chapel, NOH 123): “Glittering Vices: The Seven Deadly Sins and Why They Matter” (Rebecca DeYoung, Ph.D., Calvin College). Respondents: Kent Dunnington, Ph.D. (Biola University), and Andrew Fiala, Ph.D. (Fresno State).

Thursday, March 23rd, 4:30-6:30pm (Seminary Chapel, NOH 123): “The Vice of Vainglory: Its Roots and Remedies” (Rebecca DeYoung), and “Radical Christian Humility” (Kent Dunnington). Respondent: Andrew Fiala

DETAILS: The 2017 FPU Philosophy Lecture Series—Vice, Vainglory & Humility—is co-hosted by the Philosophy Departments of Fresno Pacific and Fresno State. This year’s lectures will feature Rebecca DeYoung from Calvin College, who specializes in vice theory and virtue ethics, and the moral philosophy and theology of Thomas Aquinas.  

Wednesday, March 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm (Seminary Chapel, NOH 123): THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

•    KEYNOTE LECTURE: “GLITTERING VICES: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND WHY THEY MATTER” (Rebecca DeYoung, Calvin College). In her keynote public lecture, Rebecca DeYoung will discuss the history, and ethical-spiritual relevance of the “seven deadly sins,” or the seven capital vices. The lecture is based on DeYoung’s book, Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins (Brazos Press, 2009), a recent winner of the C.S. Lewis Book Prize. 
•    RESPONDENTS: Kent Dunnington (Biola University) & Andrew Fiala (Fresno State)

Thursday, March 23rd, 4:30-6:30pm (Seminary Chapel, NOH 123): VAINGLORY & HUMILITY

•    LECTURE 1: “THE VICE OF VAINGLORY: ITS ROOTS & REMEDIES” (Rebecca DeYoung, Calvin College). DeYoung will focus on the vice of vainglory, its roots in natural desires for glory and self-worth, and its traditional and contemporary remedies. This lecture is based on her recent book, Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice (Eerdmans, 2014).
•    LECTURE 2: “RADICAL CHRISTIAN HUMILITY” (Kent Dunnington, Biola University). Dunnington critiques secular accounts of humility, while examining St. Augustine’s view of humility and the radical “unselving” themes in the desert mothers and fathers of the Christian spiritual tradition.
•    RESPONDENT: Andrew Fiala (Fresno State). 
•    PANEL: All three speakers discuss vainglory and humility, and their ethical-spiritual importance.

SPONSORS: Co-hosted by the Fresno State Ethics Center and the FPU Philosophy Department, with the generous co-sponsorship of the Fresno Pacific Humanities Division, Biblical and Religious Studies Division, and Psychology Department. All events are free and open to the public. For information or questions, contact: Nathan P. Carson, FPU Philosophy Program Director ( or Andrew Fiala, Philosophy Department Chair and Director of the Center of Ethics, CSU Fresno (