January 9, 2004
Jeremy Begbie

Jeremy Begbie
"Music, Emotion and Worship: Is There Anything to Fear?"
Underwritten by: A Friend of The January Series

In today’s culture, more than ever before, music is used to move us emotionally - on TV and in movies, shopping malls and restaurants. From the ancient Greeks to the recent Taliban regime, many have feared this profound power of music. In the Christian Church the anxiety has often been intense, especially in worship where music plays such a prominent role, and where some suspect they are being manipulated. Using performance, slides and recorded music, Jeremy Begbie, noted author, professor and associate director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at St. Mary’s College of St. Andrews University in Scotland, asks, “In worship, what, if anything, have we to fear from music’s emotional power?”

  • Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge
  • Associate Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts
  • Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, teaching systematic theology.
  • Founder and director of the international research project, "Theology Through the Arts", his research interests are principally in the interplay between theology and the arts.

This performance is unavailable for broadcast on the web.

Special Note:
Dr. Begbie will lead a seminar entitled: "Theology and the Arts: Why They Need Each Other in the Church Today" hosted by the Calvin Theological Seminary and held in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Saturday, January 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.