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Praying for known outcomes

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In this paper, I consider what difference knowledge of outcomes - both past and future - might make to the rationality of praying for them on a traditional theistic model. More specifically, I address four questions: Could it be rational to pray for outcomes one knows will obtain? Could it be rational to pray for outcomes one knows will not obtain? Could it be rational to pray for outcomes one knows have obtained? I argue that on certain common theistic assumptions, the answer to all of these questions is yes.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S0034412506008602

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Peter's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Religious Studies Journal website
Volume:
43
Issue:
1
Pages:
71-87
Publication date:
2007-03-05
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EISSN:
1469-901X
ISSN:
0034-4125
URN:
uuid:eafdd8bd-e4d7-4df9-a87f-2c874b521b7b
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ora:1531

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