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Phil Burcham

Unoriginal sins

February 9, 2018

The unconfessed sins of liberal Protestantism -Phil Burcham- It was an off-hand remark that revealed the gulf of miscomprehension between modern Aussies and churchgoers concerning what Christians believe or get up to in their gatherings. During a quick trip to the tea room one Friday afternoon a Read More...

A mere liaison

August 2, 2016

How abortion cost marriage its special character -Phil Burcham- “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” is widely attributed to either the US baseball star Yogi Berra or the Danish physicist Neils Bohr. The witty quotation reminds us of a truth that is very relevant to Read More...

Atheism’s family squabble

May 3, 2016

The bleaker view rings truer -Phil Burcham- For those with good memories, my most recent column in AP was all about Nothing. Technically, belief in the ultimacy of Nothing is known as nihilism – the philosophical stance that denies ultimate meaning and moral obligation. We saw how nihilism is Read More...

Our Natural Nihilism

January 30, 2016

Materialist philosophy can only breed nihilism, not cure it -Phil Burcham- The opening verse to Psalm 19 is famous for its celebration of God’s majestic creation: “The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Yet the psalm is memorable too for showing a Read More...

Unhealthy future

June 4, 2015

Are we losing the Christian concept of healthcare? -Phil Burcham- Previously i have explored how Christian attitudes likely shaped a key feature of the healthcare sector within societies where the gospel put down deep roots – at some level it furnished the moral vision needed to produce Read More...

Chemical Reaction

May 29, 2015

Medicines from the Creator’s pharmacy -Phil Burcham- Most Christians love the Parable of the Good Samaritan since it testifies to God’s amazing grace and illuminates the path of practical discipleship. Yet unless I’m mistaken it also contains a “therapeutic injunction” that Read More...

Mental block

April 2, 2015

Professorial infallibility and other modern fairy tales -Phil Burcham- With a new academic year at hand, some younger AP readers may shortly begin such years fondly and find that the skills universities cultivate are useful for a lifetime, any students called by God to serious study surely Read More...