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

Author: Steven Colborne

Genre: Philosophy

I still remember, when I was a kid, I used to sit on terrace, looking into the skies, hoping to trace God in between the stars. I was unsuccessful though, yet I am convinced that God is controlling the entire universe and displaying its grandeur to the mankind. As I have grown up now, my desire to know God fueled with some more questions. What are the qualities of God? Why there are multiple faiths in the world if there is a single God? If God is good, why He allows evil in the world?

Steven Colborne’s new book “God’s Grand Game“, probes into these kind of philosophical questions. Colborne is a British philosopher, author and blogger at “Perfect Chaos”( This book is a gist of his spiritual experiences and philosophical views till now. Colborne’s theme for the book is pretty simple: “God perfectly controls everything that happens in the world and our lives”. Although this statement appears so easy to understand, as we go through the book, it actually challenges some core theological beliefs.

God’s Grand Game opens with the discussion on God’s nature and His attributes such as omnipresence, omnipotence, creativity, sovereignty and aseity. Colborne develops the entire thesis of the book based on these elements. Take God’s sovereignty, for example. God unfolds the very next moment of the creation according to His will as He is supreme. So, technically ‘future’ do not exist as a ‘readymade entity’. There exists only one ‘eternal now’, which is driven by God in the way He desires. With this reasoning, Colborne rejects the idea of ‘determinism’. Like this, there are many occasions in the book where Colborne challenges popular philosophical ideas.

“God is not just the creator; but the sustainer and animator of all things”

Steven Colborne, God’s Grand Game

The book becomes more interesting when it dwells into Christian theology in light of philosophy. I personally found these chapters very challenging and hard to digest, especially the topic of free will. Colborne argues that we don’t have free will and we are fully under God’s control just like a ‘puppet’. He presents different secular approaches to support these claims. At one point, he puts this kind of clever assertion which makes sense to me. If we have free will, we are not in control of God. If anything exists outside the control of God, then that God is not omnipotent, which contradicts with the basic attributes we discussed. Hence, we don’t have free will. 👍🏼 Sounds logical !

“God is responsible for our every thought, word, and deed”

Steven Colborne, God’s Grand Game

Let’s suppose, we are really puppets in the hands of God. Then one may argue that our accountability in sinful actions becomes nil. If this is the case, biblical concepts like original sin, fall and salvation also become meaningless. Then the whole evangelistic concept of ‘guilt’ and ‘repentance’ collapses. This conclusion may not go well with core Christians. But, Colborne has his own philosophical approach to handle this problem. He believes that God intentionally creates the complexities in nature for His own pleasure, which also means the complex story lines of mankind like original sin, the fall and Christ’s sacrifice, all were a part of God’s plan in His grand game.

So, we may be ‘puppets’, but we are under control of a ‘good puppeteer’. I think this is what Colborne trying to convey us through his philosophy.

In another chapter, Colborne argues that morality is subjective and our moral judgement capability is also under God’s control. Then why God is making us to suffer for the good-bad actions done by Him through us? One reason, Colborne supports is, God can bring good out of bad. For me, this is a little bit confusing. If God is the sole operator of our ‘puppet’ minds and thus actions, then what’s the point in making us to suffer for the sake of final good bliss? Perhaps, this might be the divine play I found very hard to digest. Another challenge in the book is the topic of absolute truth. Colborne doesn’t regard Bible as an only true book since he believes all religious books are created by God. I wish he could have written in more depth about this subject.

Now, don’t think this book is written for only philosophy lovers. Actually, there is a beautiful message at the end which is beneficial for all of us. Colborne presents his vision of one unified church Universal Church of Almighty God for all religions in the world to worship one true God and embrace humanity. Truly, this is a brilliant vision from him.

“The key focus of the new church will be to avoid further conflict around the world and to promote peace and unity among nations”

Steven Colborne, God’s Grand Game

Well, after reading this book, one may agree or disagree with Colborne. But, if we consider his overall philosophical views with an open mind, it would embark some fantastic conversations among us !

On that note, God’s Grand Game, without a second thought, deserves a big thumbs up ! 👍🏼

You can buy this book from here: God’s Grand Game

Please visit Steven Colborne’s blog Perfect Chaos to read more about him. 🙂