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Jeremy Begbie “Subversive Hope:…”

“Subversive Hope:Embodying and Re-Imagining God’s New World through the Arts.”
Jeremy Begbie
November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall

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  1. Tim Lofton permalink
    November 11, 2009 9:55 pm

    There are very few times when a person hears something that changes the way they think, and this was certainly one of those times for me: with “hear” being the operative word.

    Scripture is full of allusions and references to sound, be it God’s creation through speaking, the importance of song, or the constant reminder of “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”. This was what Jeremy Begbie brought to us today: a call to understand our role as Christians not with our eyes, but with our ears.

    As he so eloquently stated, the visual and aural spectrums are completely different in the area of diversity. Two colors cannot occupy the same visual space due to placements on the spectrum, however two sounds can not only occupy the same place, but can RESONATE with each other. Tones together create chords, styles together create new genres, and rhythms together create something VERY exciting.

    As Christians, and as people, there is far too often an attitude of “separation or assimilation” when it comes to diversity. “Either we must be red, or we must be yellow, or by some means we must become orange” will be the demand when people are different… somebody or both must change. And yet, this is not how it was intended to be – at Pentecost, the native tongues of each individual became understood in their array, and similarly, our differences can augment and resonate with each other. You may be a fourth, and I a fifth, but together (and with our sister the octave) we become a chord to our creator.

    As a former TU student, and current staff member, I felt lucky for the students in attendance today. Diversity and Multiculturalism are the keys to college life today, and so often it can be interpreted wrong. (“I just got back from Prague, man… America is so lame…”) What they heard today was truth, and truth that will GET THEM SOMEWHERE if they choose to understand it.

  2. Tim Lofton permalink
    November 12, 2009 3:06 pm

    Here is a link to the “Tree of Life” BritMuseum site mentioned in the lecture.

  3. Dan Swartz permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:27 pm


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