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A Thing of Beauty…

A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

“The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. We can try to explain them in modern academic terms, but at the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

ISSUE 4: JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2017

The Engaged Contemplative Spirituality of Thomas Merton

By Jim Griffin

“There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.”

Getting Back in Time

Richard Gault on technology and our relationship to time.

“Lewis Mumford designated the clock as the most critical invention for our civilisation.”

Mysticism in Comparative Perspective

A Conversation with Prof. George Pattison

“Mysticism is not necessarily something weird or wonderful: it consists of a certain kind of attention to reality in all its facets.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Barbara Vellacott contemplates the indescribability of beauty in Dante’s Paradiso.

“Let us say that beauty is a divine vibration which sings in poet, poem, reader and listener. But its essence is nevertheless indescribable.”

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ISSUE 3: NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2016

Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

“Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”

ISSUE 2: SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2016

A Thing of Beauty…

JAMES TURRELL’S BERLIN INSTALLATION
“Here the invitation is to something less cosmic, more personal”

The Ecology of Money

CIARAN MUNDY, DIRECTOR OF THE BRISTOL POUND
“We should not refuse to engage with the world of complex finance”

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NICOLA SIMPSON ON DOM SYLVESTER HOUÉDARD
“How do we hear the inaudible sound of dust falling?”

ISSUE 1: JULY – AUGUST 2016

A Thing of Beauty…

CHAGALL’S PEACE WINDOW
Unity is not achievable when it is conceived as merely bringing together a collection of parts. It requires a more comprehensive vision.”

The Unity of Humanity

TODD LAWSON
“Everyone has had a revelation, has been touched by a divine message… all the prophets share the same source, the same light.”

The Field of Light

BRUCE MUNRO’S NEW WORK
“I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems that, like a dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly wait until darkness falls.”

The Red Sail

KATHARINE TIERNAN
“All about him the sea stretches away to the mauve edge of the horizon. The strangeness of it empties his soul.”

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IN PRINT, 1987 - '92

13 issues of Beshara magazine were published quarterly between 1987 and 1992. The entire print archive is now available to read online or download for free.