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Jeremy S. Begbie Events

Why the Arts Matter in a Culture of Reductionism

WhenMonday, November 19, 2018, 7:30 PM,
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
LocationCalvary Chapel
ContactTorrey Honors Institute at Ext. 4555


The CCCA, the Torrey Honors Institute, the Biola Art Dept and the Biola Conservatory of Music are pleased to announce that Jeremy S. Begbie, the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, will be giving alecture on Monday and Panel Presentation on Tuesday at Biola University. His primary research interest is the correlation between theology and the arts.

Jeremy Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School. He is also Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is Founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, one of the main aims of which is to foster theological-artistic links between Duke and Cambridge. Prior to his present appointment, he held a personal chair at the University of St. Andrews and was Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Educated largely in Scotland, before studying theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge, he read music and philosophy at Edinburgh University. Holding piano performing and teaching qualifications, he is also an oboist, and a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.

He has published extensively, his particular interest being the interplay between the arts and theology, bringing to light the different ways they can illuminate and benefit each other. His books include A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts (Baker Academic), Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God (Eerdmans), Theology, Music and Time (CUP), Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker), and Music, Modernity, and God (OUP). He tours widely as a speaker, specializing in multimedia performance-lectures. Recent engagements have included preaching, speaking and performing in universities and churches in North America, Hong Kong and Australia.


Most recently, he published Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God, published by Eerdmans Publishing Co. in February 2018. 

Many people believe that there is something transcendent about the arts, that they can awaken a profound sense of awe, wonder, and mystery, of something “beyond” this world—even for those who may have no use for conventional forms of Christianity. In this book, Begbie employs a biblical, Trinitarian imagination to show how Christian involvement in the arts can be shaped by the distinctive vision of God’s transcendence opened up in and through Jesus Christ. Begbie is considered a leading voice on theology and the arts.

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