God, Causality, and Petitionary Prayer

Faith and Philosophy 31 (1):24-45 (2014)

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Caleb Cohoe
Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Many maintain that petitionary prayer is pointless. I argue that the theist can defend petitionary prayer by giving a general account of how divine and creaturely causation can be compatible and complementary, based on the claim that the goodness of something depends on its cause. I use Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysical framework to give an account that explains why a world with creaturely causation better reflects God’s goodness than a world in which God brought all things about immediately. In such a world, prayer could allow us to cause good things in a distinctive way: by asking God for them.
Keywords Prayer  Causation  Thomas Aquinas  Theism  Divine Action  Petitionary Prayer
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil201312302
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Petitionary Prayer.Scott A. Davison - 2008 - In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press.

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