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The Beshara Lecture 2018

'Something from Nothing' by Avi Abadi

October 28, 2018
Sunday at 2.30pm
All welcome – entry by donation at the door

The Cornucopia Room, 4 Towerdykeside, Hawick TD9 9EA

An examination of the foundations of present day atheism from the perspective of unity of being

According to this perspective, any explanation of the question ‘why is there something rather than nothing?’ that fails to embrace the essential mystery it implies inevitably results in a belief system that is blind to its own suppositions. This lecture will examine the assumptions that underpin the answer New Atheism offers for this question, and outline the approach the perspective of unity of being offers – an approach which embraces that mystery by placing it at the centre of the search for meaning and by recognising that the intellect is incapable of penetrating it. The lecture will be illustrated with film clips.

Avi Abadi has been studying the perspective of unity of being, as it is presented in the works of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi, for many years. He has directed courses at the Beshara School at the Chisholme Institute, and has presented seminars and courses in London, Oxford, Edinburgh and Jakarta, and most recently a seminar in London entitled ‘Was and Is’ on the distinction between predestination and karma, according to the teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi (1165–1240).

The Beshara Lecture is presented annually by The Beshara Trust, Registered charity nos: 296769 England & Wales, SC039933 Scotland

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