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Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture) [Paperback]

By Jeremy S. Begbie (Author), Robert Johnston (Editor) & William Dyrness (Editor)
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Item description for Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture) by Jeremy S. Begbie, Robert Johnston & William Dyrness...

Offers theological reflection on various music genres.

Publishers Description
Even fallen humans compose beautiful symphonies, music that touches emotions as nothing else can. "Resounding Truth "shows Christians how to uncover the Gospel message found in the many melodies that surround us. Theologian and musician Jeremy Begbie believes our divinely-inspired imagination reveals opportunity for sincere, heartfelt praise.
With practical examples, lucid explanations, and an accessible bibliography, this book will help music lovers discover how God's diversity shines through sound. Begbie helps readers see the Master of Song and experience the harmony of heavenly hope.

Awards and Recognitions
Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture) by Jeremy S. Begbie, Robert Johnston & William Dyrness has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2008 Winner - Theology/Ethics category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture) by Jeremy S. Begbie, Robert Johnston & William Dyrness has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Books & Culture - 07/01/2008 page 18

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   412
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Engaging Culture  
ISBN  0801026954  
ISBN13  9780801026959  

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More About Jeremy S. Begbie, Robert Johnston & William Dyrness

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeremy S. Begbie (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He previously served as honorary professor of theology at the University of St. Andrews; associate principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge; and an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. A notable pianist, he has lectured widely in the UK, the US, and South Africa. He is the author of Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts and Theology, Music, and Time and the editor of Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts and Sounding the Depths: Theology through the Arts.

Jeremy S. Begbie has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies
  2. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine
  3. Engaging Culture
  4. Princeton Theological Monograph

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Intersting and Insightful  Dec 30, 2008
Begbie draws on numerous disciplines such as music theory, music history, philosophy and Christian theology to explore music and Christianity. He also connects with modern culture and how music is approached in both sacred and secular contexts. Among the most interesting points were his discussion of time and creation and how they relate to our view of music. It's a very well written book, and was more interesting and easier to read than most academic books. Because of the depth of theological discussions this book would probably even be of interest to people who are interested in Christian theology even if music is not a primary interest.
Profound insights into music by Jeremy Begbie  Dec 26, 2008
RESOUNDING TRUTH: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture) (Paperback) by Jeremy S. Begbie

Jeremy Begbie is professor of Theology at Cambridge University. Most of his work deals with cross-pollination between Christian theology and the arts. There is currently a Youtube link with a fine presentation by Begbie called "THE SENSE OF AN ENDING: The Musical Self" from University of California TV back in the 90s. [...]
After seeing that video (which you can buy online and I recommend), I wanted to read his writing and finally found this reasonably priced volume aimed at a non-academic audience. It is a kind of introductory course on how Christians have sought to understand what music really is and to discover both the source of, and proper uses of, the powers of music to enhance life and deepen faith. He starts with a historical review of thought on the subject including classical views and includes a nice section on Luther's views on music--as well as of Calvin, Zwingli, and other influential Christian thinkers. He includes the work of several "modern" composers with a spiritual bent. (E.g. He discusses how these have found ways to represent timelessness as well as temporality in their works.) He discusses the tensions between composer and performer. He discusses the ambivalence of many Christians regarding the fleshly and the spiritual powers of music. He overviews everything that the Bible says about musical instruments.

In the main part of the book he presents his own work and thoughts on the subject, covering but amplifying what is in the Youtube video. It is very thought provoking, profound, and wonderful--a rich and pretty much non-technical presentation. I imagine a musician would get more out of it than me, but he lets the reader share in a musician's insights. As a confessional Lutheran, I am irritated to see the word "Theology" taken to mean merely "thinking about God" (beyond what can be derived from the Scriptures), but at the same time, I believe that thinking about God in all aspects of life, including music, and seeking all kinds of sound wisdom is a worthwhile activity, as long as it supplements and serves rather than replaces in our life the bigger foundational messages of the Scriptures. In Begbie, you get a beautiful and compelling picture of how a Christian's life work is enriched by integrating it with his faith. He is a world-class scholar, a fine Christian and a gifted teacher. He is NOT a modernist or post-modernist in his views, but appears to be Biblically sound, committed to following the teachings of Scripture rather than deconstructing them.


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