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Brian Treanor

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

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This chapter examines the conflict between private and public prayer. It highlights the inconsistency between the biblical mandates that clearly portray prayer as a corporate practice with other biblical passages that express misgivings about public piety. It suggests that love can overcome this conflict. This is because prayer is understood as an ethical act, and as such both its public and private forms lead to the same result; namely, the call to love the other.

Keywords: private prayer; public prayer; biblical mandates; biblical passages; love; public piety

Chapter.  5555 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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