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Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation

Scott A. Davison


This book explores the philosophical issues involved in the idea of petitionary prayer, where this is conceived as an activity designed to influence the action of the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly good God of traditional theism. Theists have always recognized various logical and moral limits to divine action in the world, but do these limits leave any space among God’s reasons for petitionary prayer to make a difference? A new account of the conditions required for a petitionary prayer to be answered is developed, employing the notion of contrastive explanation. With careful attention t ... More

Keywords: prayer, petitionary prayer, intercessory prayer, God, theism, freedom, evil, responsibility, gratitude, providence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott A. Davison, author
Professor of Philosophy, Morehead State University