When Peter Vardy addressed the audience during the 1998 New College Lectures in Sydney, he indicated that one of his goals for his series of lectures on What is Truth? was to 'disturb'. And disturb he did! No other series of lectures has engendered greater debate within the College throughout their 12 year history.
The New College Lectures provide an opportunity for a reputable scholar to take up some aspect of contemporary society and comment upon it from the standpoint of their Christian faith and experience. Peter Vardy from Heythrop College at the University of London is widely recognised as a philosopher and one of the leading figures in religious and values education in Britain. He is therefore well placed to address the age-old, yet forever contemporary question of the nature of truth with professional competence and passion. As an Anglican who works in a Jesuit college and who has been chair of the governing body of Britain's second oldest Methodist school, his Christian faith and experience is distinctly ecumenical.
What is Truth? was a challenging series of lectures. Peter Vardy has now transformed them into an equally challenging book. I for one have been 'disturbed' by Peter's text and have had to examine afresh some of my own beliefs and assumptions. In many ways, however, this has proved to be a very helpful and positive experience. I still have a long way to go and I am sure that I will return