The Beshara Lecture 2018

‘Something from Nothing’

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

Speaker: Avi Abadi

Lecture Details

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. A link to these clips and other relevant information from the lecture is available here.

Dates & Venues

October 20, 2018 (2.30pm)
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, Lecture Hall, 14 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HD

October 27, 2018 (2.30pm)
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Scottish Borders
October 28, 2018 (2.30pm)
Venue: The Cornucopia Room4 Towerdykeside, Hawick, Scottish Borders TD9 9EA


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 in the past been Director of Studies at the Beshara School at the Chisholme Institute. Over the last few years he has presented numerous seminars and courses in London, Oxford, Edinburgh and Jakarta; most recently a seminar in London entitled, Was and Is, on the distinction between predestination and karma according to the teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi.


£10 (£7 concessions)
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Hawick, Scottish Borders
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