Some people are convinced that they have the truth and are anxious to ensure others also have it. These are the fundamentalists.
Some people spend their lives in distractions and activity and are indifferent to the truth.
Some people deny there is any truth and devote their life to this denial.
Others construct their own truths or at least come to understand the forces that have constructed the truths by which they live.
A few, however, seek the Truth and knowing they will never find it in its entirety, stake their lives on trying to live it. It is to this latter group that this book is dedicated.
I would like to thank my friends and colleagues who have read specific sections and have helped to correct errors. These include Catherine Cowley, Roger Dawson, Peter Gallagher, Judy Grill, Jeremy Hall and Vaclav Umlaf. The remaining errors are all my own. The editor of this book, Nada Madjar, has been patient, kind and helpful throughout the process of putting this book together. I have been fortunate to have had such generous help and am very grateful to her. I would also like to thank the Trustees of New College, University of New South Wales in Sydney, who invited me to give the 1998 New College Lectures on which this book is based. I am particularly grateful to Allan Beavis, the Master of New College, and his staff for their kindness when I was with them.
Peter Vardy--University of London