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Steven Colborne is the author of many 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 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 400 articles for an audience of over 6000 subscribers from more than 200 different countries.
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The paradoxical title of the book reflects the background of the author, who is both an accomplished academic and a diagnosed schizophrenic. The book is divided into two distinct parts, entitled 'My Journey' (Part 1) and 'My Philosophy' (Part 2).
Part 1 includes a vivid and detailed account of the author’s visit to the home of the spiritual guru Mooji, who entered the media spotlight following his appearance on the Russell Brand ‘Under the Skin’ podcast in August 2020. Among a host of other spiritual adventures, Colborne describes a spiritual retreat experience with Indian shaking meditation teacher Ratu Bagus, whose retreats in Bali are known for being both gruelling and spiritually transformative. Colborne also explains in detail what it's like to experience an episode of psychosis, and his portrayal of his spiritual journey is gripping and evocative, containing humour, sadness, and enlightenment.
In Part 2, Colborne tackles a range of important philosophical topics related to spirituality, including the nature of God, free will, consciousness, and the meaning of life. The author argues that a God exists who is not merely a deeper a level of consciousness (which is the way some Eastern religions describe God), but is a personal being with whom we can develop a relationship and who is intimately involved in every detail of our lives.
The first edition of The Philosophy of a Mad Man was published by SilverWood Books in 2012. With newly refreshed cover art, this second edition of the book (published by Tealight Books in 2019) includes an updated introduction and afterword. The book offers a highly stimulating read to anyone on a journey to understand spiritual enlightenment and anyone wishing to engage with the big philosophical questions surrounding our existence. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Many people believe in the God of a particular religion; of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or Sikhism, for example. Author Steven Colborne, on the other hand, believes that in reality a single God exists who has created every religion and even every non-religious belief system. That, argues Colborne, is the ultimate truth.
In this short but deeply insightful book, Colborne describes the experiences that led him to question the veracity of the Christian faith. Despite being a committed Christian for some time, the author came to believe that the true nature of God — and in particular God's sovereignty over all events — is not adequately reflected in an orthodox Christian worldview.
After describing his frustrations with Christian theology in the opening chapters, the author proceeds to explain his understanding of the true nature of the God/world relationship, discussing subjects such as God's attributes, suffering, morality, the human mind, and more. The author also shares some insights into his mental health journey — insights which impacted his philosophical perspective significantly.
In the final chapter of the book, Colborne describes his vision of the church of the future, a multi-faith church which will provide an opportunity for interfaith dialogue and progressive spirituality. This vision builds upon the foundational ideas explored in the preceding chapters and which would subsequently be developed in Colborne's many other books.
Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion is a book that will provoke readers to think deeply about their own view of God and how religious differences might be overcome through a deeper understanding of God's nature and attributes. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Please note: Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion was originally published through SilverWood Books in 2013. This second edition, released with redesigned cover art and a new preface, was released through Tealight Books in 2020.
According to Steven Colborne, author of more than a dozen books related to the philosophy of religion, God is just as relevant as ever. Part of the solution to our neglect of God in public discourse, Colborne believes, is to explore and understand how easy it would be to restore language that acknowledges God to the heart of our everyday conversations. This is the motivation behind Colborne's book God Willing.
The book's title is inspired by the following Bible passage: Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit" — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." (James 4:13–15)
According to Colborne, who is a first-class BA (Hons) graduate with a postgraduate certificate in Philosophy and Religion, nothing can happen outside of the will of God, and there are various ways we might change our use of English to reflect this truth. God Willing contains fourteen short chapters, each one presenting a different reflection related to the language we use and how this might evolve to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and other divine attributes.
With real-life examples and an abundance of theological insight, God Willing will both entertain readers and make them think differently about the way they interact with friends, family, and colleagues. After reading the book and engaging with Colborne's arguments, readers will feel equipped to begin restoring God-honouring dialogue to the heart of their everyday conversations. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Author Steven Colborne is on a mission to awaken people to the reality that a sovereign God exists who is actively unfolding all events in creation. A first-class graduate with a postgraduate certificate in Philosophy and Religion, Colborne is the author of more than a dozen books in the philosophical theology genre.
God’s Grand Game is Colborne’s magnum opus and is the result of more than ten years of study and reflection by the author in relation to the divine sovereignty versus human free will predicament. In the book’s eight parts and forty-five short chapters, and with reference to leading contemporary philosophers and theologians, the following questions are addressed:
• How can we be sure God exists?
• Do we have free will?
• Is God in control of evil and sin?
• Why would God cause severe suffering?
• Is it logical to be a Christian if God is the cause of suffering?
• Is God’s plan for there to be religious pluralism, or is Christianity the only true religion?
• What will be the religious future of humankind?
...and many more questions besides.
As well as having written several bestsellers in Amazon’s philosophy categories, Steven Colborne is well known for his website Perfect Chaos. The site was recognised by FeedSpot as a Top 10 UK blog in both the Philosophy and Theology categories in 2018 and at the time of writing has over 6000 subscribers from more than 200 different countries.
God’s Grand Game is the most comprehensive and articulate exposition of Colborne’s philosophical perspective to date and is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in philosophy, religion, or spirituality. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Colborne is a first-class BA (Hons) graduate with a PG Cert in Philosophy and Religion, and is the author of more than a dozen books in the philosophical theology genre. He is also known for his popular and award-winning blog Perfect Chaos and his immersive explorations of both Eastern and Western spirituality.
Philosophical Theology is a 370+ page compilation which includes the following works:
Big Ideas from Ancient Greece
Thanks Be to God: A Selection of Christian Scriptures for Spiritual Seekers
An Almighty Predicament: A Discourse on the Arguments For and Against Christianity
The Only Question You Ever Need Ask
Discovering the Qur'an
God Willing: Bringing Divine Sovereignty into Everyday Conversation
Explore a world of theological insight with writings about ancient philosophy as well as the religions of Christianity and Islam. Get to the heart of the most important questions that philosophically inclined theologians ask about God, religion, and the relationship of the divine to the world in which we live. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Publisher's note: The works included in this compilation are also available separately.
As a teenager, Colborne was an atheist. However, after a series of transformative experiences in his 20s, he became a born again evangelical Christian. Having surrendered his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 25, Colborne returned to university to study a postgraduate certificate in Philosophy and Religion and over the course of the next decade proceeded to write over a dozen books and 400+ articles related to philosophical theology.
The Only Question You Ever Need Ask is a short book that was written by Colborne with the aim of helping spiritual seekers to consider an important matter at the heart of the Christian faith. With reference to some of the most prominent theologians in history, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Saint Augustine and others, Colborne discusses why the subject of predestination should be a central consideration for Christians and anyone interested in spirituality.
Despite being a relatively short book, The Only Question You Ever Need Ask is densely packed with theological insight. While the question referred to in the book's title is related to predestination, many other related theological issues are discussed in the essay, including free will, determinism, the doctrine of hell, the nature of God, and more. The book is ideally suited both to committed Christians and spiritual seekers looking to explore the Christian faith. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
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:
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.
GOD'S GRAND GAME
This is Colborne's magnum opus and is a comprehensive 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.
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.
Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
While many of us in the West describe our societies as 'multicultural', if we're honest with ourselves, we feel uncomfortable about engaging with the beliefs of people who adhere to a religion other than our own. However, exploring the religious beliefs of others is an effective way of facilitating both personal spiritual growth and societal understanding.
Philosopher Steven Colborne, a first-class BA (Hons) graduate and author of more than a dozen books in the philosophical theology genre, decided it would be conscientious to read the Qur'an in its entirety, despite his Christian background. What he discovered was a life-changing book more relatable than he had ever imagined.
Discovering the Qur'an grew out of the notes Colborne made when reading the Qur'an from cover to cover for the first time. The author found various areas of resonance and dissonance with the orthodox Christian beliefs he has spent much of his adult life engaging with, and in the book Colborne discusses subjects including God's sovereignty, the oneness of God, the person of Jesus Christ, divine judgement, and others, with reference to both the Bible and the Qur'an.
Though only a short read, Discovering the Qur'an serves as an excellent introduction both to the Muslim sacred Scriptures and to the many areas of interfaith dialogue that might be furthered between Christianity and Islam. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Christians will tell you that there is only one way to have peace with God — a relationship with Jesus Christ. But for many people, the Christian worldview is not intellectually satisfying, as there are so many aspects of Christian doctrine that don’t seem to make sense.
In this 70 page essay by philosopher and author Steven Colborne, the arguments for and against Christianity are weighed up and scrutinised, with passages of Scripture cited and personal testimony expounded. At the heart of the essay is the free will problem, which for Colborne is the make-or-break issue when it comes to deciding whether or not one should accept the Christian worldview.
Written from an agnostic viewpoint, An Almighty Predicament examines the Christian worldview respectfully and with an open mind. After reading all of Colborne’s arguments on both sides of the debate, readers will feel better equipped to make a decision about Christianity for themselves. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Ancient Greece is widely regarded as the birthplace of Western philosophy. Many of the ideas expounded by the philosophers of that day went on to shape modern scientific and philosophical thought — everything from atomic theory to speculations about the afterlife.
In this insightful look at twelve of the most important figures from antiquity, British philosopher-theologian Steven Colborne sizes up Socrates and analyses Aristotle, offering a contemporary perspective on some of the most amazing philosophical ideas of all time.
The book explores fascinating questions such as:
Is everything made of water?
Do ideas exist in reality?
What are God’s attributes?
Can we really know anything?
Whether you’re a seasoned philosopher or just a curious amateur, you’ll be gripped by Colborne’s profound yet accessible reflections. Big Ideas from Ancient Greece is destined to become a textbook introduction to the enduringly fascinating world of ancient Greek thought. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Colborne is the author of over a dozen books in the philosophical theology genre. He is best known for his 2019 book God's Grand Game, a number one Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories which has been featured by BookBub and Paradigm Explorer magazine and widely reviewed among the philosophy and theology blogging communities.
The God Articles is a 430+ page compilation of 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 philosophical content of the book covers diverse subject matter, including reflections on free will, panentheism, sacred texts, the nature of God, Christian doctrine, suffering, and much more. The book offers an invitation for readers to journey along with Colborne through all the ups and downs of his spiritual journey and his relentless quest for philosophical truth and spiritual enlightenment. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
The following essays are included in this volume:
A Listener-Centred, Dialectical Model for Popular Music Analysis
Heraclitus and the Nature of Change
The Schopenhauerian Concept of Will
The Soul in Christianity and Platonism
George Eliot and Feuerbach on God and the Good
Karl Rahner’s Anthropology
Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election
The Trinity and Suffering
A Letter to George Eliot about God and the Good
God and Suffering: Approaches and Issues
An Almighty Predicament: A Discourse on the Arguments For and Against Christianity
The Only Question You Ever Need Ask
The first essay in this volume is Colborne's first-class undergraduate dissertation, written during his final year of study at the University of Westminster. The essay presents a radical approach to music analysis.
The majority of the included essays were written during Colborne's postgraduate studies at Heythrop College, University of London. While Colborne enrolled to study an MA in Philosophy and Religion, he was admitted to psychiatric hospital prior to completing his studies. He graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate.
The Heythrop essays include a discussion of the nature of the human soul, as well as various discourses related to the subject of suffering. Colborne also examines the ideas of several important figures in Western philosophy, including Heraclitus, Schopenhauer, and others. The ideas of various contemporary writers and theologians are also explored, including Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and George Eliot, and others.
The final two essays in the book were written some years later. These essays offer profound insights into the divine sovereignty versus human free will predicament, with specific reference to Christian theology. As with so much of Colborne's work, the problem of suffering is a key focus.
A Collection of Essays by Steven Colborne presents some of Colborne's finest work and readers will finish the book having gained a thorough understanding of Colborne's philosophical worldview and most important academic contributions. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.