Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation

2017.07.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Davison, Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation, Oxford University Press, 2017, $75.00, 189 pp., ISBN
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2017.07.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Davison, Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation, Oxford University Press, 2017, $75.00, 189 pp., ISBN 978019975774. Reviewed by Stephen J. Wykstra, Calvin College This book is, as its subtitle advertises, "a philosophical investigation." Petitionary prayer is what the Apostle Paul enjoins Christians to do in Philippians 4:6: "in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." On a natural reading, this verse seems to suppose that such supplications can, sometimes at least, make a pivotal difference to God -- i.e., a difference such that, for at least some significant span of cases, were one to forgo the asking, God would forgo the providing. Or as we might (and Scott Davison does) for short paraphrase it: for divine provision of certain goods, for some significant span of cases, "God requires prayer." Davison's central question is whether,. . .

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