Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation by Scott A. DavisonPetitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation by Scott A. Davison

Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation

byScott A. Davison

Hardcover | March 18, 2017

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This volume 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 morallimits to divine action in the world, but do these limits leave any space among God's reasons for petitionary prayer to make a difference? Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation develops a new account of the conditions required for a petitionary prayer to be answered by employing thenotion of contrastive explanation. With careful attention to recent developments in metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory, Scott A. Davison surveys the contemporary literature on this question. He considers questions about human freedom and responsibility in relation to different views of divine providence, along with thepuzzles inherent in Christian teachings concerning petitionary prayer. Davison develops new challenges to the coherence of the idea of answered petitionary prayer based upon the nature of divine freedom, the limits of human knowledge, and the nature of those good things that require a recipient'spermission before they can be given. He proposes new defences, building upon careful analysis of the shortcomings of previous proposals and clarifying the issues for future debate.
Scott A. Davison is Professor of Philosophy at Morehead State University. He is the current president of the Society for Philosophy of Religion and Associate Editor of the journal Faith and Philosophy. He is also the author of On the Intrinsic Value of Everything (Continuum, 2012).
Title:Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical InvestigationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.65 inPublished:March 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Challenges and Defenses2. Petitionary Prayer Characterized3. Divine Freedom Challenges4. Epistemological Challenges5. Epistemological Defenses6. Divine Goodness and Praying for Others7. Responsibility-Based Defenses8. Self-Directed Petitionary Prayer and New Defenses9. Practical Questions and the Nature of Faith10. ConclusionBibliography