Answer to our prayers: The unsolved but solvable problem of petitionary prayer

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Answer to our prayers : The unsolved but solvable problem of petitionary prayer. / Pickup, Martin.

In: Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 84-104.

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title = "Answer to our prayers: The unsolved but solvable problem of petitionary prayer",
abstract = "There is a concern about the effectiveness of petitionary prayer. If I pray for something good, wouldn{\textquoteright}t God give it to me anyway? And if I pray for something bad, won{\textquoteright}t God refrain from giving it to me even though I{\textquoteright}ve asked? This problem has received significant attention. The typical solutions suggest that the prayer itself can alter whether something is good or bad. I will argue that this is insufficient to fully address the problem, but also that the problem requires another assumption which can be doubted, thereby opening up a new way to solve the problem. ",
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