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Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity School


February 10, 2017 at 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM EST


Chesterton House – Residence

Livestream Jeremy Begbie Lecture

Why do the arts matter so much to people of religious faith? It is often assumed that the arts are mainly concerned with pulling us out of this world of space and time into some completely different, supposedly superior world, and that this is why they are so appealing to people of faith.

Prof. Jeremy Begbie will challenge this view. The arts are crucial to faith – especially Judeo-Christian faith – because they immerse us in this world in a way that is bodily rooted, emotionally engaged, and socially uniting. And as such, they remind us that there is always more to this world than we can ever grasp, and that this world can (and will) be re-made.

The lecture will be illustrated extensively with Begbie’s performance at the piano.

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In partnership with:
Christian Union
New Life Presbyterian Church
Bethel Grove Bible Church
Bread of Life Anglican Church
Christ Chapel
First Chinese Christian Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Vineyard Church


Jeremy Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research 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 was recently made 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 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.

Chesterton House Painting