Annual Meeting 2018

Keynote: Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

"Incarnation, Creation and New Creation: What T. F. Torrance offers to a Theological Re-visioning of the Arts"

Friday, November 16, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 1A. AAR Annual Meeting, Denver. Program #: P16-251. The T.F. Torrance Theological Fellowship is a Related Scholarly Organization of the American Academy of Religion

Abstract: Torrance's immense contribution to the theology-science interaction could lead us to assume his work is of little relevance to the arts. Certainly, references to the arts are few and far between in his writings. However, Begbie will argue that his Christological and trinitarian integration of creation and new creation is of immense significance for the current dialogue between theology and the arts, opening up a much-needed way between an undisciplined aestheticism on the one hand, and a knee-jerk iconoclasm on the other. 

Jeremy Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School. He is also a Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is Founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts and his books include Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God (Eerdmans), Theology, Music and Time (CUP), Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker), and Music, Modernity, and God (OUP). He is an ordained minister of the Church of England and a professionally trained musician who has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist and conductor.  He tours widely as a speaker, specializing in multimedia performance-lectures. Recent engagements have included preaching, speaking and performing in universities and churches in North America, Hong Kong and Australia.