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Written at a time when he was questioning the veracity of the Christian worldview, God's Grand Game offers a comprehensive exposition of the key insights of philosopher-theologian Steven Colborne.
Colborne's spiritual journey began with atheism, but after immersive explorations of Eastern and New Age spirituality, the author became convinced that God exists when he read the Bible during an admission to psychiatric hospital in his late 20s.
After giving his life to Jesus in his hospital room, Colborne was led by the Holy Spirit to explore various denominations of Christianity, including Catholicism, Anglicanism, and various Protestant and Evangelical churches. These explorations, coupled with the academic study of Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College in London, led Colborne to develop the philosophy presented in God's Grand Game.
Colborne's philosophy centres upon the divine sovereignty versus human free will problem, a subject area which the author believes is central to a correct understanding of all of the world's major religions. What is unusual about Colborne's philosophy is that he believes the omnipresence of God leaves no room for free will. This is the thesis at the heart of the book.
The entirety of Colborne's career as a philosopher developed as a result of the author's desire to fully embrace the Christian worldview while at the same time being convinced that the absolute sovereignty of God leaves no room for free will.
God's Grand Game explores the free will problem in great depth, with the author discussing Calvinism, open theism, Molinism, determinism, materialism, and other related theories, as well as the thought of philosophers and theologians including Sam Harris, James White, William Lane Craig, Greg Boyd, John Piper, and others.
The conclusion of the book is controversial, and Colborne's views evolved significantly after the publication of the book. However, as an exploration into the subject of God's sovereignty and its implications for the free will predicament, God's Grand Game represents a highly significant contribution to the field of philosophical theology.
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About the Author
Steven Colborne is a British philosopher and author. He was born in 1982 in Cambridge, England, grew up in Abingdon near Oxford, and moved to London in 2000 to study. He is a first class BA (Hons) graduate of the University of Westminster, and holds a PG Cert in Philosophy and Religion from the University of London. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including the spiritual memoir The Philosophy of a Mad Man and the theological treatise Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion. In 2012, he established PerfectChaos.org, an award-winning philosophy and theology blog with several thousand subscribers.
Colborne's latest book God's Grand Game is the culmination of 10 years' study of the divine sovereignty versus human free will problem. The book presents a vision of a God who is sovereign over all religions and all events - a perspective which challenges the exclusivist theology of established religions such as Christianity and Islam. Tackling subjects such as suffering, morality, the nature of God, the afterlife, and the problem of evil, God's Grand Game is a vital and timely contribution to 21st century philosophy.
Table of Contents
THE NATURE OF GOD
1. How Do I Know God Exists?
2. The Cosmic Animator
3. What Are God’s Attributes?
4. God in Inanimate Objects
5. Determinism and the Nature of God
6. Does God Have Foreknowledge?
7. The Creativity of God
8. The Aseity of God
THE HUMAN MIND AND GOD
10. God’s Control of Mental States
11. Modes of Mind
12. What is Causing Our Thoughts?
13. The Experience of Understanding
14. Hearing Voices or Hearing God?
CHRISTIANITY AND GOD
15. God’s Grand Game
16. Is Jesus the Only Way?
17. The Myth of the Fall
18. The Confusion of Calvinism
19. Molinism Refuted
20. Jesus the Creator?
21. The Authority of Scripture
22. What Prayer Reveals About God
23. Materialism and Free Will
24. The Bible and Free Will
26. Open Theism
27. Divine Conservation and Occasionalism
28. Divine Omnipotence and Free Will
MORALITY AND GOD
29. Dimensions of Reality
30. Do Good and Evil Exist Objectively?
31. The Agony of God
32. Bringing Good out of Evil
33. Do We All Deserve Hell?
SCIENCE AND GOD
34. Why I Believe in God and Also Love Science
35. Cause and Effect
36. Reflections on Time
37. What is Truth?
38. Creation and Evolution
MY PHILOSOPHY AND THE WORLD RELIGIONS
40. The Abrahamic Religions
41. There Is No Enlightenment
44. Interfaith Dialogue
THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE
45. The Church of the Future
Thank You For Reading
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