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Petitionary PrayerA Philosophical Investigation$
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Scott A. Davison

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757740.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Petitionary Prayer
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Scott A. Davison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757740.003.0001

Must God know the future in every detail in order to arrange the world properly to answer someone’s prayer? If people do not pray for things, does this mean that God does not bring them about? These are the kinds of questions addressed in this book, with special reference to the contemporary discussions of philosophers concerning divine providence and human freedom. Christian teachings are also addressed, along with classical and contemporary puzzles. The main question is hypothetical: Assuming that the God of traditional theism exists, is it reasonable to think that God answers specific petitionary prayers?

Keywords:   petitionary prayer, foreknowledge, providence, traditional theism, Christianity

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