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A Possible-Worlds Solution to the Puzzle of Petitionary Prayer

Ryan Matthew Parker, Bradley Rettler

Abstract

If the thing he prays for doesn’t happen, then that is one more proof that petitionary prayers don’t work; if it does happen, he will, of course, be able to see some of the physical causes which led up to it, and `therefore it would have happened anyway’, and thus a granted prayer becomes just as good a proof as a denied one that prayers are ineffective. -- CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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