It has often been said that there is a fine line between madness and genius. This saying is epitomised by author Steven Colborne, who in this new edition of his debut book release (revised and updated for 2019) describes the amazing life story that led him to be diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and which also gave him deep insights into the workings of the human mind — insights which present a challenge to contemporary scientific thinking on the subject.
Complete with humour, sadness, and enlightenment, The Philosophy of a Mad Man is divided into two parts, with Part 1 detailing the author’s gruelling spiritual journey, and Part 2 expounding a philosophical perspective which tackles some of philosophy’s biggest problems, including the nature of God, free will, consciousness, and the meaning of life. At the very least, this book is a fascinating read, but it also has the potential to transform readers’ understanding of reality entirely.
Steven Colborne is the author of several acclaimed books in the philosophical theology genre. His work offers deep insights into all of the big problems of philosophy and theology, with a focus on the divine sovereignty versus human free will predicament, especially as it relates to the Christian worldview.
Steven is a first-class BA (Hons) graduate of the University of Westminster and holds a PG Cert in Philosophy and Religion from Heythrop College, University of London. He was born in Cambridge, grew up in Abingdon in Oxfordshire, and currently lives in London, England. The son of an English father and a Dutch mother, Steven has had a quite remarkable spiritual journey which has involved immersive explorations of both Eastern and Western spirituality, as well as several spells in psychiatric hospital following episodes of psychosis.
Among other books, Steven’s catalogue of releases includes a spiritual memoir (The Philosophy of a Mad Man), a compilation of academic essays (A Collection of Essays by Steven Colborne), and a systematic presentation of his philosophical perspective (God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground). As well as being a prolific author, Steven also runs the popular philosophy blog Perfect Chaos, where he has written over 500 articles for an audience of over 6000 subscribers from more than 200 different countries.
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 science consigned God to the evolutionary scrapheap?
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.
This 800 page collection offers a feast of philosophical and theological insight and includes all of Colborne's full-length book releases to date. Readers will finish this collection understanding the full depth and beauty of Colborne's philosophy, which depicts God as in sovereign control of all events in existence, including all human activity — hence the title, 'Puppets'.
The following books are included in the compilation:
GOD'S GRAND GAME
This is Colborne's magnum opus and is a systematic presentation of his philosophical worldview. The book is the result of more than 10 years of research and reflection in relation to the divine sovereignty versus human free will predicament.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF A MAD MAN
Part spiritual memoir, part philosophical exposition, this was Colborne's debut book release, and offers a compelling insight into the man behind the philosophy.
THE GOD ARTICLES
A diverse selection of Colborne's dialogues, discourses, prayers, poems, and reflections on matters of spirituality and religion. Includes fascinating accounts of major events in Colborne's spiritual life such as his Holy Spirit baptism and miraculous street healing.
A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS
Includes twelve essays spanning Colborne's career, from his first class undergraduate thesis on musical meaning, to his Heythrop essays discussing leading figures from the history of philosophy, and several of his later essays, including An Almighty Predicament: A Discourse on the Arguments For and Against Christianity and The Only Question You Ever Need Ask.
Presented with striking and beautiful artwork, Puppets offers a chance to fully understand the life story and philosophy of a profoundly important philosopher whose ideas represent a vital contemporary contribution to the history of thought.
"A genuine spiritual quest. ... Extraordinary." — New York Times
This 430 page book comprises dialogues, discourses, prayers and poems, each of which was written by Colborne as a unique reflection or exposition related to his spiritual journey and/or philosophical perspective. Readers will find deeply personal articles portraying times of spiritual crisis and mental breakdown, as well as vivid descriptions of pivotal moments in Colborne's faith life such as water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, and miraculous healing.
The book can be seen as a follow-up to Colborne's 2012 book The Philosophy of a Mad Man in that it encapsulates developments in Colborne's spiritual journey which follow on from that book. Those who haven't read The Philosophy of a Mad Man needn't worry, however, because The God Articles is a standalone work and is entirely unique among Colborne's body of book releases.
The God Articles could be described as a 'best of' Colborne's unpublished philosophical and spiritual writings. None of the articles in the book have been published in any of his other books, although they have appeared on his blog, Perfect Chaos.
This is a beautiful book in every way and a must-read for longtime fans of Colborne's work as well as those who are new to his writing. The depth of insight into the human condition contained within its pages will leave readers feeling challenged, refreshed, and enlightened. All of a sudden, philosophy is exciting again.