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Unfulfilled Desires: How Music Helps Us Understand Our Deepest Longings

Monday, Jul 29, 2024 at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)

You’re invited to Regent's 2024 Evening Public Lecture series! Join us in the chapel or tune in online to explore theology, culture, and much more with this year’s summer faculty.

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About the Lecture

C. S. Lewis famously spoke of fleeting experiences of “joy” he had early in life, describing a longing for something agonisingly elusive, something this finite world cannot offer: “a half-remembered realm from which we are currently exiled.” Jeremy Begbie will explore the ways this has been expressed and explored through music, and compare this pre-Christian unfulfilled desire with Christian hope.

About the Speaker

Jeremy Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School and McDonald Agape Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. His books include Music, Modernity and God (2014), Theology, Music and Time (2012), and Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (2007). He teaches systematic theology, and he specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interest is the interplay between music and theology. He is also Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. Previously he has been Associate Principal at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews where he directed the research project, Theology Through the Arts, at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. He is the author of a number of books and his next book, Music, Modernity and God, is scheduled for publication by Oxford University Press in early 2014. A professionally trained and active musician, Begbie has taught widely in the UK and North America, and delivered multimedia performance-lectures across the world, from Israel to Australia and Hong Kong.

Dr. Begbie is teaching The Holy Spirit & the Arts from July 29 to August 2 as part of Regent’s 2024 Summer Programs.

Onsite and Online

You can attend this lecture in Regent’s chapel, or watch it live online at A video recording will be available for free online for a limited time after the event.

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Speaking at this Event


Jeremy Begbie

Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and McDonald Agape Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (Duke Divinity School)

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