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Musical and Reformed Reflections on a Contemporary Trend—Re-Activating Transcendence

Many have claimed that the arts offer direct access to "the transcendent", and that this provides Christians with a golden opportunity to engage with a culture that is wary of the direct proclamation of the Gospel. Begbie will examine these claims, arguing that God's transcendence is to be understood first and foremost through the Gospel itself. With the help of currents in Reformed theology, he will go on to ask how the arts can nonetheless be powerful witnesses to this transcendence, the transcendence embodied for us in Jesus Christ. There will be extensive use of both live and recorded music.

Jeremy Begbie is the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School, Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Affiliated Director in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.

The Stob Lectures are sponsored annually by Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in honor of Dr. Henry J. Stob. Their subject matter is related to the fields of ethics, apologetics, and philosophical theology. The Stob Lectures are funded by the Henry J. Stob Endowment and are administered by a committee including the presidents of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

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