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Answer to our prayers: The unsolved but solvable problem of petitionary prayer

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There is a concern about the effectiveness of petitionary prayer. If I pray for something good, wouldn’t God give it to me anyway? And if I pray for something bad, won’t God refrain from giving it to me even though I’ve asked? This problem has received significant attention. The typical solutions suggest that the prayer itself can alter whether something is good or bad. I will argue that this is insufficient to fully address the problem, but also that the problem requires another assumption w...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.5840/faithphil201811193

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Society of Christian Philosophers Publisher's website
Journal:
Faith and Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
35
Issue:
1
Pages:
84-104
Publication date:
2018-01-12
Acceptance date:
2017-07-14
DOI:
EISSN:
2153-3393
ISSN:
0739-7046
Pubs id:
pubs:825237
URN:
uri:e9abaf95-a19d-4805-a348-9bf74639a4d8
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uuid:e9abaf95-a19d-4805-a348-9bf74639a4d8
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pubs:825237

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