University of Calgary

Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture

September 20, 2010

Music and faith

Jeremy Begbie, a professor of theology at Duke Divinity School  presents a multimedia performance-lecture at the U of C on Sept. 22. Photo credit: Courtesy of Jeremy BegbieJeremy Begbie, a professor of theology at Duke Divinity School presents a multimedia performance-lecture at the U of C on Sept. 22. Photo credit: Courtesy of Jeremy BegbieBy Janice Lee

The Reverend Jeremy Begbie, a classically trained concert pianist, ordained Anglican minister and renowned theologian who specializes in the interface between theology and the arts, visits Calgary for this year's Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture in the Faculty of Arts.

Begbie will present a multimedia performance-lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., in the Rozsa Centre.

In The Sound of Freedom: Music of Liberation, Begbie will explore the ways music enriches and deepens the life of faith. In harmonious music, we hear a kind of space that evokes intense togetherness while preserving and promoting difference. This makes possible a re-thinking of what Christian freedom is all about: we are freed by the other for the other. Begbie will show how different kinds of music can embody this remarkable truth.

"Religion and the Arts have flourished together throughout history and in all cultures," says Dr. Virginia Tumasz, Head of the Department of Religious Studies. "The Reverend Professor Begbie explores how Christian theology has intersected with musical arts in the culture of the Western world. This lecture on the synergy between music and theology is a wonderful way to inaugurate the sponsorship of the lecture series by the new Faculty of Arts at the U of C."

Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship of Theology at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina, and Founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He is author of a number of books, including Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts, Theology, Music and Time, and most recently, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music.

The Peter Craigie Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1988 to honor the memory of Dr. Peter Craigie, a distinguished scholar of Biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern languages, and ethics, who served as Vice President (Academic), Dean of Humanities, and Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary.

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Department of Religious Studies, the series presents public lectures by scholars of international stature to address both the U of C and Calgary communities on issues related to religion and engagement with life.

Professor Begbie's performance-lecture is free and open to the public.

Watch a video of Begbie playing the piano at http://ow.ly/2Fr0n.

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