"This provocative book takes a wide-ranging look at religion and its place in our past, present, and future — and challenges readers to rethink God's true nature." (BookBub editorial)
The new atheism movement has highlighted many of the theological problems related to Christianity and other religions, and as we move into a 'post-truth' age, many people are wondering whether there is still a place for God in society. Has evolutionary science consigned God to the pages of history?
In this bold and insightful book, British philosopher Steven Colborne strongly argues that God exists, but also criticises many of the key doctrines of Christianity and other world religions that present, in his view, a mistaken understanding of the nature of God.
Tackling subjects such as free will, suffering, morality, and the afterlife, Colborne presents a grand vision of reality with God at the centre. The book looks not only backward at the religions that have shaped our world, but also to the future – a future in which Colborne believes science, technology, and a new kind of religion, will all have a meaningful role to play.
"Steven has a fascinating and knowledgable perspective on all things related to spirituality... this work will surely get you thinking about how one can understand and come to know the divine" (David Robertson, author and blogger)
"It is stimulating to engage the author's arguments and their implications as he is very well read and articulate" (David Lorimer, editor of Paradigm Explorer magazine)
"God's Grand Game presents an insightful, counter-cultural worldview, inviting us to not only reconsider our relationship with the divine, but also with each other... The message of God's Grand Game is one we need to hear" (Logan Noland, blogger at Pilgrimage to Somewhere)
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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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