Begbie’s overall project is exploring the place of music in God’s ecology of creation. Along the way, there is much to delight the mind and the ear, including theological reflections on musicians such as Bach, Messiaen and James MacMillan, and musical reflections on theologians such as Luther, Zwingli, Schleiermacher and Barth. Familiarity with Western classical music is helpful for readers of this book, but not essential.
Coming out of the authors’ jointly taught course called Eucharist as Holy Eating, at the Pacific School of Religion, this lively book plumbs the eucharistic traditions of the early church to address contemporary issues from global food politics to torture. Filled with the poetry and testimonies of Christians from around the world, this book reconnects sacraments to eschatology and the quest for justice.