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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
How can the arts witness to the transcendence of the Christian God?
Many people believe that there is something transcendent about the arts, that they can awaken a profound sense of awe, wonder, and mystery, of something "beyond" this worldeven for those who may have no use for conventional forms of Christianity. In this book Jeremy Begbiea leading voice on theology and the artsemploys a biblical, Trinitarian imagination to show how Christian involvement in the arts can be shaped by the distinctive vision of Gods transcendence opened up in and through Jesus Christ.
Jeremy S. Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School, founding director of the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, and senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has also written Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts and Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music.
University of St. Andrews
"Jeremy Begbie has been a central and seminal figure in the recent revolution in theology and the arts. Begbies argument here, both learned and lucid, is that only when we allow for a more explicitly biblical and Trinitarian vision of God will the vague claims for transcendence in the arts begin to make sense. This book will challenge and illuminate the whole field."
poet, editor, essayist
"This book is a revelation. Jeremy Begbie has distilled much of modern theological aestheticsand has done so with a sensitivity that is alert to the realities of a practicing artist. I feel both chastened and emboldened by his thoughts."
award-winning artist, writer, speaker
"Jeremy Begbie has consistently been an essential guide for me as an artist who thinks theologically. Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts finds Jeremy at his bestfull of theological wisdom and aspiration, with abundant artistic inspiration. A stellar guidebook for our complex journey of art, faith, and theology."
artist, painter, printmaker
"This book is a must-read for those at the intersection of art and theology."
Richard B. Hays
Duke Divinity School
"A fruitful ambiguity resides in the title of Jeremy Begbies splendid new book, Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts. Who is the agent of the redeeming promised on the cover? On the one hand, it is Begbie himself, whose incisive analysis redeems the category of transcendence from the wispy, dualistic, conceptual fog where it has, in late modernity, been stranded. But on the other handand more profoundlythe implied agent of the redeeming is the Creator God, whose otherness and uncontainability are disclosed precisely in and through the specific acts of overflowing, self-giving love narrated in Scripture. Begbie contends that Gods transcendence is not a matter of distance from the world; instead, it is precisely a redeeming transcendence that acts to restore the creation. Human works of art participate in that redeeming work through sympathetic resonance, being taken up into the triune Gods action to bring the integrity of creation to its fulfillment. This is brilliant theological writing that illumines our cultural setting and challenges readers to receive the arts with newly opened eyes and ears."
Susie Paulik Babka on Reading Religion
"Begbie need not be pessimistic about the future of the relationship between the arts and Christian theology; the 'scriptural imagination' he expertly articulates contains a story of divine transcendence that resonates from the whirling dervishes of Islamic mysticism to the Zen koan."