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Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2018

Tuesday 20 February 2018 10:31am

The Department of Theology and Religion is pleased to present the Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2018
What is Transcendent about the Arts? Recovering the Power of a Biblical Vision
The series will be presented by Professor Jeremy Begbie (Thomas A Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School, North Carolina)

It is widely believed that there is something transcendent about the arts, that they can awaken a profound sense of awe, wonder, and mystery, of something “beyond” this world—even for those who may have no use for conventional forms of religion. In these lectures, Jeremy Begbie will explore this belief from a Christian perspective. After critiquing some current attempts to link transcendence and the arts, he will argue that a biblically rooted, Trinitarian imagination generates a powerful and much-needed vision of the arts as witnesses to God’s transcendence, one that has huge implications for the way the Church engages the arts today. The lectures will include performance at the piano.

What kind of transcendence is this?
Monday April 24 Hungering for the Other?: The Arts and Transcendence Today
Tuesday April 25 Transcendence at Large in the Arts?: Some Contemporary Christian Perspectives
Thursday April 26 Hollowed-out Transcendence?: The Artistic Sublime

What kind of God is this?
Tuesday May 1 The God who is Other and Uncontainable: Redeeming Transcendence in Scripture
Wednesday May 2 The God who is Other and Uncontainable: Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts
Thursday May 3 The Most Transcendent of the Arts? The Curious Case of Music