Jeremy Begbie

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Jeremy Begbie, (born 1957)[1] BA, BD, Ph.D., LRAM, ARCM, FRSCM, is Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, where he directs Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. His primary research interest is the correlation between theology and the arts, in particular the interplay between music and theology. he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.[2]


Begbie obtained a B.A. in philosophy and music at the University of Edinburgh, and his B.D. and Ph.D. in the University of Aberdeen.[2]

Prior to teaching at Duke Divinity School in 2009, he was the Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, as well as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. In addition, he was an Honorary Professor of Theology at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, as well as the Associate Director of the program. He is currently Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor of Theology at Duke University.[2] He is Senior member of Wolfson College, Cambridge.[3]

He is an ordained minister at the Church of England.[2]

Being a professional musician, he has performed as a pianist, oboist, and a conductor.[3]


He is known for his writing and lecturing in theology and the arts, especially music. In September 1997 he founded the Theology Through the Arts project, whose primary aim was "to discover and demonstrate ways in which the arts can contribute towards the renewal of Christian theology". Aspects of the project include conversation among artists and theologians, academic lectures, publications, and arts festivals.

For his book, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music, Begbie won the 2008 Christianity Today Book Award in the theology/ethics category.[4]



  • Music in God's Purposes, Continuum, 1989.
  • Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards A Theology of the Arts, T&T Clark, 1991.
  • Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts (ed.), DLT/Baker Books, 2000.
  • Theology, Music, and Time, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Sounding the Depths: Theology Through the Arts (ed.), SCM Press, 2002.
  • Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture Series), Baker Academic, 2007.
  • Resonant Witness: Conversations Between Theology and Music (co ed.), Eerdmans, 2011.
  • Art, Imagination and Christian Hope: Patterns of Promise (co ed.), Ashgate, 2012.
  • Music, Modernity, and God, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Redeeming Transcendence: Bearing Witness to the Triune God, Eerdmans, 2018.
  • A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts, Baker, 2018

Selected articles[edit]

  • "Who is This God?--Biblical Inspiration Revisited.” Tyndale Bulletin 43, 2 (November 1992): 259-282.
  • "The Theological Potential of Music: A Response to Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin.” Christian Scholar's Review 33, 1 (Fall 2003): 135-141.
  • "Sound Theology.” Christian Century 124, 23 (November 13, 2007): 20-25.

Selected chapters[edit]

  • "Through Music: Sound Mix." In Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts, ed. Jeremy Begbie. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.
  • "Unexplored Eloquencies: Music, Media, Religion and Culture." In Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture, eds. Jolyon Mitchell and Sophia Marriage. London: T&T Clark, 2003.
  • "Theology and Music." In The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918, ed. David Ford. Malden: Blackwell, 2005.
  • "Beauty, Sentimentality and the Arts." In The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts, eds. Daniel J. Treier, Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin. Downers Grove: IVP, 2007.
  • "Created Beauty: The Witness of J.S. Bach." In The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts, eds. Daniel J. Treier, Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin. Downers Grove: IVP, 2007.
  • "The Sense of an Ending." In A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life's Hardest Questions, ed. Dallas Willard. Downers Grove: IVP, 2010.
  • "The Future: Looking to the Future: A Hopeful Subversion." In For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, ed. W. David O. Taylor. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.
  • "The Shape of Things to Come?: Wright Amidst Emerging Ecclesiologies." In Jesus, Paul, and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright, eds. Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • "Confidence and Anxiety in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius." In Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. Martin Clarke. Burlington: Ashgate, 2012.
  • ‘“A Semblance more Lucid”? in An Exploration of Trinitarian Space’, in George Westhaver (ed.), A Transforming Vision, London: SCM Press, 2018.


  1. ^ "Jeremy Begbie". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2010. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "Jeremy Begbie | Duke Divinity School". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  3. ^ a b "Prof Jeremy Begbie". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  4. ^ "2000-2009 Christianity Today Book Awards". Christianity Today International. 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.

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