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  Jeremy S. Begbie
Ian Cross
W. Tecumseh Fitch

Patricia Gray
Jonathan Harvey
Petr Janata
Mari Riess Jones
Stefan Koelsch
Steven J. Mithen
Iain Morley
Stephen Nowicki
Aniruddh D. Patel
Elizabeth D. Tolbert
Sandra E. Trehub


 

 

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Jeremy S. Begbie is the inaugural Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at the Duke Divinity School and, through the end of the year, associate principal of Ridley Hall, the Church of England theological college in Cambridge. Founder and former director of Theology Through the Arts, an international research program, he is a professionally trained musician who has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist, and conductor. Dr. Begbie is also an Anglican priest. His research and writing has focused on the interplay between theology and the arts, especially music. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he earned a diploma in piano performance at the Royal College of Music and went on to take first-class honors in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen. He prepared for the priesthood at Ridley Hall and was ordained in 1983. He received his Ph.D. in theology from Aberdeen in 1987. Dr. Begbie began his teaching career at Ridley Hall as director of studies and lecturer in Christian doctrine. He was named an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University in 1994 and Ridley Hall’s associate principal in 2000, the same year he was appointed honorary reader in divinity at the University of St. Andrews, where he also was named honorary professor of theology at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St. Mary’s College in 2003. He assumed his current position at Duke University this past summer. Dr. Begbie is a fellow of the Royal School of Church Music. He has been an invited lecturer at colleges and universities throughout North America and Britain. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, he served for seven years as a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England. A member of the editorial board of Veritasse Magazine and co-editor (with Trevor Hart and Roger Lundin) of Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, he has published some twenty-five papers as articles in scholarly journals or chapters in volumes of collected works. He is the editor of three books, Beholding the Glory (2000), Sounding the Depths: Theology Through the Arts (2002), and Musical Theology, which will be published by Wm. B. Eerdmans next year, and the author of four other books: Music in God’s Purposes (1988), Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts (1991), the highly-praised Theology, Music and Time (2000), and, most recently, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music, which was published by Baker Academics in 2007 and won a Christianity Today Book Award. Oxford University Press will publish his Music: Words and the Future of Theology in 2009.

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