Why even a believer should not believe that God answers prayers

Sophia 46 (2):177-187 (2007)
Recent studies provide some support for the idea that prayer has curative powers. It is argued that even if prayers are effective in these kinds of cases it cannot be because God is answering them. While many have challenged theological explanations for the efficacy of prayer on epistemic grounds, the argument presented here concludes that the theological explanation conflicts with the standard conception of God. In particular, if God answers prayers in these kinds of cases then God is immoral.
Keywords God  Prayer  Efficacy of prayer  Problem of evil
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DOI 10.1007/s11841-007-0021-8
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