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Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts
Bearing Witness to the Triune God
POD; Published: 2/14/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7494-8
Price: $ 26.99
222 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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How can the arts witness to the transcendence of the Christian God? 

Many people believe 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 Christianity. In this book Jeremy Begbie—a leading voice on theology and the arts—employs a biblical, Trinitarian imagination to show how Christian involvement in the arts can be shaped by the distinctive vision of God’s transcendence opened up in and through Jesus Christ.

N. T. Wright
— University of St. Andrews
“Jeremy Begbie has been a central and seminal figure in the recent revolution in theology and the arts. Begbie’s argument here, both learned and lucid, is that only when we allow for a more explicitly biblical and Trinitarian vision of God will the vague claims for transcendence in the arts begin to make sense. This book will challenge and illuminate the whole field.”
Christian Wiman
— poet, editor, essayist
“This book is a revelation. Jeremy Begbie has distilled much of modern theological aesthetics—and has done so with a sensitivity that is alert to the realities of a practicing artist. I feel both chastened and emboldened by his thoughts.”
Makoto Fujimura
— award-winning artist, writer, speaker
“Jeremy Begbie has consistently been an essential guide for me as an artist who thinks theologically. Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts finds Jeremy at his best—full of theological wisdom and aspiration, with abundant artistic inspiration. A stellar guidebook for our complex journey of art, faith, and theology.”
Sandra Bowden
— artist, painter, printmaker
“This book is a must-read for those at the intersection of art and theology.”
Richard B. Hays
— Duke Divinity School
“A fruitful ambiguity resides in the title of Jeremy Begbie’s splendid new book, Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts. Who is the agent of the ‘redeeming’ promised on the cover? On the one hand, it is Begbie himself, whose incisive analysis redeems the category of ‘transcendence’ from the wispy, dualistic, conceptual fog where it has, in late modernity, been stranded. But on the other hand—and more profoundly—the implied agent of the redeeming is the Creator God, whose otherness and uncontainability are disclosed precisely in and through the specific acts of overflowing, self-giving love narrated in Scripture. Begbie contends that God’s transcendence is not a matter of distance from the world; instead, it is precisely a ‘redeeming transcendence’ that acts to restore the creation. Human works of art participate in that redeeming work through ‘sympathetic resonance,’ being taken up into the triune God’s action to bring ‘the integrity of creation to its fulfillment.’ This is brilliant theological writing that illumines our cultural setting and challenges readers to receive the arts with newly opened eyes and ears.”
Susie Paulik Babka on Reading Religion
"Begbie need not be pessimistic about the future of the relationship between the arts and Christian theology; the 'scriptural imagination' he expertly articulates contains a story of divine transcendence that resonates from the whirling dervishes of Islamic mysticism to the Zen koan."
Religious Studies Review
“A significant contribution to theology, philosophy of art, and religious studies.”