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Jun 8, 2020


The Only Question You Ever Need Ask is a theological essay in which philosopher Steven Colborne examines what he believes to be the central question of theology — a question which he invites every spiritually minded person to consider.


On Colborne's philosophy blog, Perfect Chaos, a community of deep thinkers have been exploring life's big questions together for nearly a decade. During that time, Colborne has written over 400 articles on theology related questions and has published several critically acclaimed books which present a philosophical perspective that is both unusual and insightful.


Throughout his career, Colborne has continually challenged Christian believers to provide a logical solution to the free will predicament — a predicament which draws into question whether the absolute sovereignty of God can be reconciled with the cherished Christian doctrine of human free will.


In The Only Question You Ever Need Ask, Colborne explores a single question which gets to the very heart of the free will predicament. With reference to the doctrines and Scriptures of Christianity, Colborne presents, explores, and finally answers that question, and the conclusion that the author comes to in the final part of the essay is both provocative and enlightening.


For genuine seekers after Truth, this is a book which should not be ignored.

Jun 8, 2020

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Steven Colborne is a British-Dutch philosopher, author, and musician. He was born in 1982 in Cambridge, England, grew up in Abingdon near Oxford, and moved to London in 2000 to study. He is a first class BA (Hons) graduate of the University of Westminster and holds a PG Cert in Philosophy and Religion from the University of London.

Colborne is the author of several acclaimed books in the philosophical theology genre, including the bestselling God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground, the spiritual memoir The Philosophy of a Mad Man, and others. In 2012, he established Perfect Chaos, a popular philosophy and theology blog on which he has written over 500 articles for a readership of over 6000 subscribers from more than 200 different countries.

The Only Question You Ever Need Ask

Steven Colborne



London, England

The Only Question You Ever Need Ask

Copyright © Steven Colborne 2020

The right of Steven Colborne to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the copyright holder.

ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-9162015-3-8

ISBN (Kindle): 978-1-9162015-4-5

ISBN (EPUB): 978-1-9162015-5-2

This book is dedicated to everyone who has ever prayed for me. In praying for me, you gave me the greatest gift a human being can give.


1. Introduction

2. How Do I Know God Exists?

3. Why Focus on Christianity?

4. What is Double Predestination?

5. Why Focus on Double Predestination as the Most Important Christian Doctrine?

6. Is the Doctrine of Double Predestination True?

7. Is Double Predestination God’s Only Plan for Humankind?

8. Conclusion


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In writing this essay, I aim to get to the heart of the greatest problem faced by every human being and by humankind as a whole. The question, which I describe as the only question you ever need ask, and which I will state at the end of this introduction, is the fundamental question I have arrived at after spending my entire adult life exploring all of the major problems of philosophy and theology – problems such as ‘Is there a God?’, ‘How can I be happy?’, ‘What is the meaning of life?’, and ‘What is Truth?’.

My search to answer these questions, which I will call my spiritual journey, has taken me from atheism (the belief that there is no God) to New Age spirituality (including practices such as yoga and meditation), to Hinduism and Buddhism (including spiritual retreats and Satsang with various gurus ¹), to psychological therapy (including psychiatry, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, body psychotherapy, and more), and finally to Christianity and the spiritual practices of its various denominations.

How my spiritual journey unfolded in such a way as to lead me

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