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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Overview

The philosophical landscape has changed significantly in our time due to the 'new atheism' movement and its criticisms of Christianity and other religions. Subsequently, many people are wondering whether there is still a place for God in contemporary society.

In this bold and insightful book, British philosopher Steven Colborne strongly argues that God exists, but also discusses the flaws in theological thinking that make the Christian worldview, and other views of God, seem strange and unappealing to many deep-thinking people.

God's Grand Game presents a vision of a God who is sovereign over all religions, and all events, and the insights offered by Colborne will make readers think deeply — and differently — about the nature of God, free will, suffering, and the religious future of humankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999369316
Publisher: Tealight Books
Publication date: 03/25/2019
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 960,148
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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 1

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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