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Prof Jeremy Begbie

Prof Jeremy Begbie

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Music


Jeremy Begbie specialises in the interface between theology and the arts, and his particular research interest is the interplay between music and theology. The inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina, Professor Begbie is founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Music. He is Senior Member at Wolfson College Cambridge.

Previously he has been Associate Principal at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews where he directed the research project, Theology Through the Arts at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts.

Educated largely in Scotland, before entering the theological world he read music and philosophy at Edinburgh University, studying compo­sition with Kenneth Leighton and piano with Colin Kingsley. 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 is author of a number of books, including Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts (T & T Clark); Theology, Music and Time (CUP), and Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker/SPCK) which won the Christianity Today 2008 Book Award in the Theology/Ethics Category. His most recent book is Music, Modernity, and God (OUP).

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

Wolfson College:
Senior Member

Key Publications

Theology, Music and Time. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

With Steven R. Guthrie, eds., Resonant Witness: Conversations Between Music and Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Modernity and God. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013

Other Publications

2003. "Unexplored Eloquencies: Music, Religion and Culture." In Mediating Religion, edited by Sophia Marriage and Jolyon Mitchell, 93-106. Edinburgh: T & T Clark.

2010. "Worldview, Measurement and 'The Roots of Spirituality'." In The Archaeology of Measurement: Comprehending Heaven, Earth and Time in Ancient Societies, edited by Iain Morley and Colin Renfrew, 250-256. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2010. Music on the Brain: Review of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (New York: Knopf Press, 2007). Books and Culture, March/April, 18.

2011. "Faithful Feelings: Music and Emotion in Worship." In Resonant Witness: Essays in Theology and Music, edited by Jeremy S. Begbie and Steven R. Guthrie, 323-354. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2012. "Confidence and Anxiety in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius." In Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain, edited by M. V. Clarke, 197-213. Farnham: Ashgate.