POGOS: Stephen Evans on Accountability, Autonomy, and the Fear of the Lord – The Logos Institute Podcast for 11.01.19

After a brief break for Christmas & the New Year, we return for the second part of the interview with Professor C. Stephen Evans. Our hosts (Stephanie Nicole Nordby and Jonathan Rutledge) discuss with him the nature of accountability, various types of accountability (theistic, secular, and transcendence views), how the virtue of accountability connects with the concepts of the fear of the Lord and autonomy, and much more.

1:25 – Three Types of Accountability
5:37 – Ronald Dworkin on Accountability & the Fear of the Lord
8:18 – The Fear of the Lord and Holy Reverence
10:38 – Kierkegaard on Good Anxiety
13:21 – Lack of Accountability as a Systemic Issue
16:45 – The Corresponding Vices of Accountability
17:45 – Autonomy & Accountability
23:10 – Exemplars of Accountability?
27:02 – Plans for the Accountability Grant



C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University, as well as Professorial Fellow for the Logos Institute. He is a leading expert on Kierkegaard, and his publications include works on the history of philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, epistemology, and analytic theology.


Jonathan C Rutledge is a producer and host of the Logos Institute’s official podcast, Pogos. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Linda T. Zagzebski, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in divinity at the University of St Andrews under Alan J. Torrance. His primary academic interests lie in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and systematic & analytic theology. His current projects include work on the nature of forgiveness, a sacrificial account of atonement, philosophical Arminianism as an account of divine creation, and constructing a new Foley-inspired account of epistemic rationality & defeat.

Stephanie Nicole Nordby is also a producer and co-host of Pogos. She is a doctoral student in theology working under supervisors N.T. Wright and Oliver Crisp at the University of St Andrews. Her dissertation project is a book on Christology in which she hopes to integrate recent work in biblical studies on Second Temple Judaism, the philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and the idea of the Incarnation as a revelatory act. Prior to her time at St Andrews, Nordby received a Ph.D. in philosophy under the supervision of Linda Zagzebski at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on divine predication and attributes, biblical genres and philosophy of language, and classical theism and the Hebrew Scriptures. In addition to her interest in analytic and exegetical theology, Nordby is interested in metaphysics, animal ethics, and virtue ethics.

Eustace Nordby is in Pupfessor of Canine Dogmatics at the Logos Institute. He is an expert on Karl Bark and Wolfhart Pannenberg. His theological hero is Francis of Assisi, and in his free time he enjoys a good game of chase on the East Sands. From time to time, Eustace helps out with Pogos recordings.