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Dr. Steve Guthrie

Steve Guthrie

Fidelity Hall 403
Phone: (615) 460-6447

Dr. Guthrie joined the Belmont School of Religion in August of 2005, after teaching for five years at the University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. During his time in Scotland, Dr. Guthrie was on the faculty of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, and he came to Belmont to help launch a new program in Religion and the Arts.

Dr. Guthrie earned an undergraduate degree in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, and worked for several years as a musician before becoming disoriented on the way to a gig and stumbling into the world of academic theology. In his spare time, he enjoys playing his Fender Rhodes, eating pizza, or simply quietly meditating on the goodness of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Above all, he enjoys writing breezy, faintly humorous autobiographical paragraphs for the internet; always written in the third person, so that the casual reader will believe that they have been penned by some devoted chronicler of his life and work.  

Dr. Guthrie is married to Julie and has four extraordinarily clever and impossibly good looking children. On weekends you will find him regularly find him gigging with the band "SixtyFour."   

Selected publications:

Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human. Baker Academic, March 2011.

Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and Theology, ed. with Jeremy Begbie, Eerdmans, 2011.

"Silence, Song and the Sounding-Together of Creation," in To Mend the World: A Confluence of Theology and the Arts. ed. Jason Goroncy. Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2014.

"Harmony," in It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God. ed. Ned Bustard. Square Halo Books, 2013.

"Love the Lord your God with all Your Voice," in Christianity Today, June 2013.

"The Logic of Wonder," in IMAGE Journal, Issue 73, Summer 2012.

"United we Sing," in The Christian Century, January 7, 2011.

“The Wisdom of Song”  in Resonant Witness, Guthrie and Begbie, eds., Eerdmans, 2011. 

“Music and the Arts,” (one of several extended “Integrative Perspective Essays”) in The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, gen. ed. Glen Scorgie. Zondervan Academic, 2011.

The Song-Shaped Soul,” Cover story in CASE: The Quarterly Magazine of the Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education at New College, University of South Wales, 2010.

"Music and Lyrics." Cover article, Worship Leader Magazine, January/February 2009. 

“Theology and Music” (3500 words) in the Eerdmans-Brill Encyclopedia of Christianity, Vol. 5. Eerdmans, 2007. 

Faithful Performances: Artistry, embodiment and the enactment of Christian Identity, (ed., with Trevor Hart). Ashgate, 2007.

"Temples of the Spirit: embodiment, worship and formation." in Faithful Performances: Artistry, embodiment and the enactment of Christian Identity, Guthrie and Hart eds., Ashgate, 2007.

"Singing, in the Body and in the Spirit", in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46/4 (December 2003), 633-46.