Resounding Truth (Engaging Culture Series)
Christian Wisdom in the World of Music From the iPod to the car radio, from movie soundtracks to Muzak at the shopping mall, from singing in the shower to the concert arena, music is an unavoidable part of...
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Christian Wisdom in the World of Music
From the iPod to the car radio, from movie soundtracks to Muzak at the shopping mall, from singing in the shower to the concert arena, music is an unavoidable part of our lives. Not only is music ubiquitous, it is powerful: creating moods, evoking memories and images, uniting people, and providing an outlet of expression for even the most tone deaf among us. Besides its prominent position in culture, music has obviously had a key role in the worship of God's people. Under Christ's lordship, such a pervasive and universal influence deserves informed theological reflection.
Resounding Truth is the next instalment in the well-received Engaging Culture series. The author is both a respected theologian and a professionally trained musician. In this well-rounded study, he examines the connections between music and theology by engaging Scripture, musical history, and contemporary culture. He explores how God's truth sounds and how it might "re-sound" in the realm of music. Appropriate for classes in music, theology and the arts, and Christian cultural engagement, Resounding Truth will help the reader develop discernment and wisdom, both for thinking about music in the church and Christian life and for engaging with one of culture's most influential touchstones.
About the Series: The Engaging Culture series is designed to help Christians respond with theological discernment to our contemporary culture. Each volume explores particular cultural expressions, seeking to discover God's presence in the world and to involve readers in sympathetic dialogue and active discipleship.
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.
"A profound, rigorous, and original work. Very few new books in theology or religious studies show this level of freshness and imagination. I hope it will be a landmark essay in this crucial field of reflection on theology and the creative arts."--Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury"Imagine a piano concerto: the dynamic soloist on the one hand, the great orchestra on the other, achieving together something more than the sum of their parts. Now imagine Music itself as the piano and the whole of Western culture, focused on Christian theology, as the orchestra. That might sound forbidding; but this book sparkles with so many tuneful insights, flashes with so much wit and anecdote, and resonates with such an exuberant joie de vivre that we are led inexorably forward by the surge of exposition, deeper and deeper into the rich harmony of life and faith. Jeremy Begbie is musician/theologian par excellence. Who else would bring together Bach and Boethius, McCartney and MacMillan, John Coltrane and John Zizioulas? Whatever music you enjoy and wherever you are on the journey of faith and understanding, Jeremy Begbie will delight, surprise, challenge, and inspire you. A wonderful book by a wonderful writer, thinker, and musician."--N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham; author, Christian Origins and the Question of God series"This book resounds with the thoughtful, dynamic, and always engaging voice of Jeremy Begbie. At a time when Christian discussions of the arts begin and end with painting, poetry, and fiction, Resounding Truth strikes just the right note. Marked by a breathtaking range, driven by a creative vision, and packed with judicious insights, it will no doubt shape conversations about theology and the arts for years to come."--Roger Lundin, Blanchard Professor of English, Wheaton College"Jeremy Begbie has published a number of fine books in which he, as both a Christian theologian and a practicing musician, reflects on music; but this is his finest. It is theologically acute, deeply informed by both the history of music and the history of reflections on music, and throughout displays Begbie's wide-ranging engagement with music of many kinds from both the past and the present. A rich contribution!"--Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University; senior fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia"Jeremy Begbie's thinking emerges out of a fusion of the best musical thinking about theology and the best theological thinking about music. The resulting text is charged with energy and insight--and not just for musicians and theologians. This vital work is poised to energize and strengthen the entire Christian community for a way of life together that is marked by grace, truth, beauty, and genuine self-giving service."--John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; associate professor of music and worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary
Jeremy S. Begbie (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is 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.
- Acknowledgments<br>introduction<br>part 1: Music In Action<br>1. What Are We Talking About?<br>2. Music In Action In Biblical Times<br>part 2: Encounters<br>3. Music And God's Cosmic Order: The Great Tradition<br>4. A Sixteenth-century Trio<br>5. Wise Beyond Words<br>6. Three Musical Theologians<br>7. Two Theological Musicians<br>part 3: Music In A Christian Ecology<br>8. A Christian Ecology<br>9. Music In God's World<br>10. Music In God's Calling<br>11. Singular Powers<br>conclusion<br>notes<br>bibliography<br>index