Petitionary Prayer

Scott A. Davison

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596539
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Petitionary Prayer

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Traditional theists believe that there exists an all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly loving, and perfectly good God. They also believe that God created the world, sustains it in being from moment to moment, and providentially guides all events, in accordance with a plan, towards a good ending. Historically, most traditional theists have believed that God sometimes answers prayers for particular things. In keeping with the literature on this subject, these prayers are referred to as ‘petitionary prayers’. This article discusses several problems related to the concept of the traditional theistic God's answering petitionary prayers.

Keywords: God; petitionary prayers; traditional theists; answered prayers

Article.  10195 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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