God's Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground

God's Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground

by Steven Colborne

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50% of the income generated from sales of this book will be donated to Christian prison ministries and offender rehabilitation charities.

 

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156485710
Publisher: Tealight Books
Publication date: 03/25/2019
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Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 116,809
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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

PART I

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

9. Sovereignty

PART II

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?

PART III

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

PART IV

FREE WILL

23. Materialism and Free Will

24. The Bible and Free Will

25. Compatibilism

26. Open Theism

27. Divine Conservation and Occasionalism

28. Divine Omnipotence and Free Will

PART V

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?

PART VI

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

PART VII

MY PHILOSOPHY AND THE WORLD RELIGIONS

39. Introduction

40. The Abrahamic Religions

41. There Is No Enlightenment

42. Karma

43. Polytheism

44. Interfaith Dialogue

PART VIII

THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE

45. The Church of the Future

Acknowledgements

Thank You For Reading

Web Links and Contact Details

Also by Steven Colborne

Appendix

Notes

Index

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