Jeremy Sutherland Begbie

Jeremy Sutherland Begbie

Thomas A. Langford Research Distinguished Professor of Theology

External address: 
148 Langford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3591


Jeremy Begbie teaches systematic theology, and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interests are in the interplay between music and theology.

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts

Previously Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he has also been 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. He is a Senior Member of Wolfson College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.

He studied philosophy and music at Edinburgh University, and theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist and conductor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, having served for a number of years as assistant pastor of a Church in West London.

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 most recently, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker/SPCK), which won the Christianity Today 2008 Book Award in the Theology/Ethics Category. He has taught widely in the UK and North America, and delivered multimedia performance-lectures across the world, from Israel to Australia and Hong Kong.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Aberdeen (Scotland) 1987
  • B.A., University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 1977

Selected Grants

Theology and the Arts Kenan support awarded by (Director). 2018

Arts & Theology: Duke-Cambridge Partnership awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2011

Begbie, J. S. “Openness and Specificity: A Conversation with David Brown on Theology and Classical Music.” Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown, 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0012. Full Text

Begbie, J. S. “The Future of Theology Amid the Arts: Some Reformed Reflections.” Christ Across the Disciplines: Past, Present, Future, Eerdmans, 2013.

Begbie, J. S. “Natural Theology and Music.” The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, edited by R. R. Manning, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Begbie, J. S. “Faithful Feelings: Music and Emotion in Worship.” Resonant Witness, edited by S. Guthrie and J. S. Begbie, Eerdmans, 2013, pp. 323–54.

Begbie, J. S. “Confidence and anxiety in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius.” Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain, 2012, pp. 197–213.

Begbie, J. S., and R. Stockitt. “Foreword to Restoring the Shamed: Towards a Theology of Shame.” Restoring the Shamed: Towards a Theology of Shame, Wipf & Stock, 2012.

Begbie, J. S., and S. R. Guthrie. “Foreword to Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human.” Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human, Baker Books, 2011, pp. vii–viii.

Begbie, J. “The shape of things to come? Wright amidst emerging ecclesiologies.” Jesus, Paul and the People of God, IVP Academic, 2011, pp. 183–208.

Begbie, J. S. “Repetition and Eucharist.” The Modern Theologians Reader, edited by D. F. Ford et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Begbie, J. S. “Created Beauty: The Witness of J. S. Bach.” Resonant Witness, edited by J. S. Begbie and S. Guthrie, Eerdmans, 2011, pp. 83–108.


Begbie, J. “Pressing at the boundaries of modernity: a review essay.” Christian Scholar’S Review, vol. 40, no. 4, June 2011, pp. 453–65.

Begbie, J. “Sound theology: meaning in music.” Christian Century, vol. 124, no. 23, Nov. 2007, pp. 20–25.

Jeremy Begbie, J. “Sound theology.” The Christian Century, vol. 124, no. 23, 2007.

Begbie, J. “The theological potential of music: a response to Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin.” Christian Scholar’S Review, vol. 33, no. 1, Sept. 2003, pp. 135–41.

Begbie, J. S. “Calvin. Die Musik und Gottes Wort.” Berliner Theologische Zeitschrift, 2003, pp. 85–103.

Begbie, J. S. “Scandalous Art, Scandalous Theology.” Art and Christianity, vol. 34, 2003.

Begbie, J. “Rediscovering and Re-Imagining the Atonement.Anvil, vol. 11, no. 3, Jan. 1994, pp. 193–202.

Begbie, J. “Who Is This God?--Biblical Inspiration Revisited.Tyndale Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 2, Nov. 1992, pp. 259–82.

Begbie, J. S. “The Spirituality of Renewal Music: A Preliminary Exploration.” Anvil, vol. 8, no. 3, 1991, pp. 227–39.