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.
About the author
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. All income from the sale of Steven's books will be donated to prison ministries and rehabilitation charities.
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.