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A moral problem about prayer

Think 13 (36):105-113 (2014)

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  1. Is Praying for the Morally Impermissible Morally Permissible?Daniel Peterson - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75 (3):254-264.
    Saul Smilansky has argued that, since acts of petitionary prayer are best understood as requests, not desires, there may be many more impermissible prayer acts than one might expect. I discuss Smilansky’s analysis and argue that his conclusion follows only for those who do not believe in an omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly benevolent deity and take advantage of what Smilansky calls the theist’s ‘moral escape clause’. However, I take my argument to lead us to a variant of the problems of (...)
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  • The Immorality of Prayer.Ardon Lyon - 2015 - Think 14 (40):57-64.
    It's no surprise that one shouldn't pray for bad things to happen, for it's always wicked to attempt to bring about evil. But perhaps surprisingly one shouldn't pray for good things either. For if there is an Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omni-Benevolent Deity who intervenes at all in the workings of the world, then He will do whatever is best anyway, and if you pray for what He wouldn't otherwise have done then it must, perhaps unknown to you, be wrong. If (...)
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