- List of Contributors
- Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church
- Revelation and Inspiration
- Science and Religion
- Theology and Mystery
- Simplicity and Aseity
- Divine Eternity
- Moral Perfection
- Divine Action and Evolution
- Divine Providence
- Petitionary Prayer
- Morality and Divine Authority
- The Problem of Evil
- Skeptical Theism and The Problem of Evil
- The Trinity
- Original Sin and Atonement
- The Incarnation
- The Resurrection of the Body
- Heaven and Hell
- The Eucharist: Real Presence and Real Absence
- Jewish Philosophical Theology
- Islamic Philosophical Theology
- Chinese (Confucian) Philosophical Theology
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Scott A. Davison is Professor of Philosophy at Morehead State University.
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