God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground


God’s Grand Game is the magnum opus of philosopher Steven Colborne, and represents a comprehensive exposition of his philosophical worldview.



Written at a time when he was questioning the veracity of the Christian worldview, God’s Grand Game offers a comprehensive exposition of the key insights of philosopher-theologian Steven Colborne.

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.

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