Jeremy Begbie

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Jeremy Begbie

Jeremy S. Begbie

(1957-06-15) 15 June 1957 (age 64)
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
Church Church of England
Ordained1983 (priest)
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis Theology, Ontology and the Philosophy of Art, with Special Reference to Paul Tillich and the Dutch Neo-Calvinists (1987)
Doctoral advisor J. B. Torrance
Academic work
Discipline Theology
Main interestsMusic and theology

Jeremy S. Begbie FRSCM (born 1957) [1] is Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, where he directs Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He is a systematic theologian whose 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 was born on 15 June 1957. [3] He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and music at the University of Edinburgh and Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degree at 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 at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary's College, University of St Andrews, in Scotland, and was the acting Associate Director of the program. He is currently Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Duke University. [2] He is a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. [4]

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

Being a professionally trained musician, he has performed as a pianist, oboist, and a conductor. [4]


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 at the University of Cambridge, whose primary aim was "to discover and demonstrate ways in which the arts can contribute towards the renewal of Christian theology". The project included conversation among artists and theologians, academic lectures, publications, and an international arts festival held in 2000.[ citation needed ]

In 2009, he founded the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School, a project which "promotes and supports the vibrant interplay between Christian theology and the arts by encouraging transformative leadership and enriching theological discussion in the Church, academy, and society." [5]

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. [6]



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