“The promulgation of the Christian faith has never been easy and perhaps never more so than today. Yet the basic truths of the Ten Commandments for many continue to remain the pillars to genuine happiness, fulfilment and societal harmony.
David Phillips’ ‘Courage in a Hostile World’ is a compendium of his journey along the Christian values path, encompassing as it does his religious, social and political beliefs.
Core to it all, is his powerful endorsement of King George V’s prescient statement: ‘The foundation of a nation’s greatness is in the homes of its people.’
It is in the active encouragement of strong family values, including the spiritual dimension, that makes this book compelling reading.”
Michael Jeffery, Former Governor-General of Australia
"For over 40 years I have observed David and Ros Phillips lead an unremitting, relentless struggle against social and spiritual erosion in our society. It has cost them dearly. They have paid a high price monetarily, professionally, emotionally and socially.
The title of this book is apt. They have shown extraordinary courage in the face of a generally hostile world. If you have just picked up this volume and are wondering whether to read it or buy it, my advice is, do both! It will be well worth it."
Dr Barry Chant, Founding President, Tabor College
This book reflects the challenges faced by FamilyVoice Australia in engaging Australian culture and seeking to share God's wisdom over the past 40 years.
It tells of David's brushes with thugs from the world of organised crime, and of being harassed by politicians who objected to his opinions.
When David challenged the myth that porn is good for you, police arrived on his doorstep seeking to prosecute him. When he challenged the myth that easy divorce is good for society, ASIO placed them under surveillance. How did God protect and provide through it all?
The book provides theological foundations and practical examples of how to address critical issues facing Australian society even as it grows more hostile to Christian faith and values.
David Phillips and his wife Ros were among the enthusiastic Christians who helped found the Festival of Light ministry, later known as FamilyVoice Australia, over 40 years ago.
David had turned to Christ while a student at Sydney University where he gained an honours degree in science, later achieving a PhD in physics and a research scientist career with the commonwealth government. He also has a diploma in theology.
David chaired the South Australian branch of Festival of Light from 1975 for over 30 years. After retiring from his scientific career in 2002, he oversaw the development of FamilyVoice as a vigorous national organisation with active branches in all states.
David and Ros have four married children and 15 grandchildren.