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.
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.
Colborne's spiritual journey has been quite remarkable. An atheist during his teenage years, Colborne used to hate the idea of God, believing it to be foolish and naive. After his mother became ill with a serious disease, Colborne was forced to confront the issue of suffering in depth for the first time. His mother's death sparked a spiritual yearning in Colborne which led him to explore both Eastern and Western philosophy and various associated religious practises. As part of these explorations, Colborne read authors such as Alan Watts, Deepak Chopra, Brandon Bays, Ramana Maharshi, and Eckhart Tolle, but none of these teachers brought solace to Colborne, who found himself suffering from deep depression and spiritual confusion.
At the age of 25, during an admission to psychiatric hospital following an episode of psychosis, Colborne unexpectedly requested that he be brought a Bible. Upon reading the New Testament properly for the first time, Colborne was persuaded of the veracity of the Christian faith and he became a Christian.
Despite immersing himself in Christian life in the years that followed, Colborne struggled with several areas of Christian doctrine that to him seemed highly illogical. He was especially troubled by the divine sovereignty versus human free will problem, which seemed to present a logical contradiction at the heart of the Christian worldview. It is this problem — the so-called 'free will predicament' — which is central to Colborne's arguments in The Only Question You Ever Need Ask.
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.
The Satanic Witch is not designed for Barbie Dolls, but women cunning and crafty enough to employ the workable formulas within, which instantly surpass the entire catalogue of self-help tomes and New Age idiocies.
The Introduction — Peggy Nadramia, High Priestess of the Church of Satan, tells us how this book changed her life.
The Afterword — Blanche Barton, Anton LaVey’s biographer, Chairmistress of the Council of Nine, and mother of Satan Xerxes Carnacki LaVey, Anton’s third child, informs us how The Satanic Witch came to pass and influence the behavior of so many women.
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.