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All articles by Alan Thomas

Professor and Consultant in Psychiatry. Elder at Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church.

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November 2021
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Damaged souls

It is a fundamental article of the Christian faith that each of us is born guilty and sinful. This truth has been confessed by Christians of all types down the ages. We are born guilty because of the sin of Adam, whose guilt was imputed to us even before we had any opportunity to…

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October 2021
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A shrink thinks: Covid-19 and the search for immortality

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed important truths about our society, truths which are troubling, but which, to those who know their Bible, are not surprising. I have noted previously the overreaching and intrusive laws passed by our UK government. That similar laws have been passed in many other countries is beside the point that…

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September 2021
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A shrink thinks: Identity politics and the blank slate

Before the mid-twentieth century, most of the dominant models for explaining our behaviour and personality were variations on the blank slate approach. Such views argued that humans all begin as blank slates on which our personalities are later inscribed by our varied life experiences. Or to use a modern metaphor, each of us was…

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August 2021
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Psychosis

‘Paul you are out of your mind, your great learning is driving you out of your mind’ (Acts 26:24). Thus Festus joined a very long line of people who have tried to dismiss the gospel by associating us with the stigma of insanity. Like the poor, the ‘mad’ have always been with us. Their…

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July 2021
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State overreach sets a worrying precedent

Christians have long recognised three legitimate authorities under God: government, church, and family. Each of these has distinct domains of authority and associated powers. These distinctions are not absolute, as if churches are allowed to say nothing about family life and governments can say nothing relevant to churches. Nonetheless there are boundaries, and intrusion…

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June 2021
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Would Jesus have preached the Sermon on the Mount on YouTube?

The world has changed. Like it or not, Covid-19 has changed our world permanently; it will never be the same again. The pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has revealed much about our society and our world, and such revelations have led to major changes, many of which will remain, whatever we think of them…

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May 2021
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Autonomy and Euthanasia

In previous articles we have reflected on the Bible’s teaching that while death is an evil, its miseries never justify intentional killing, and that important decisions should be made in discussion with others: for this is both biblical wisdom and a consequence of our imageness. Without other human beings, we are incomplete – and…

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