Faith and Philosophy

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 1998

Peter Forrest
Pages 41-51

Answers to Prayers and Conditional Situations

In this paper I defend the Direct Actualisation of Conditional Situations as a way of explaining how God answers prayers without assuming that God acts on the world after the prayer is made. My hypothesis states that God, in creating, brings about conditionals without either preventing the antecedent or bringing about the consequent. I compare this hypothesis with some rivals, notably the appeals to foreknowledge and to middle knowledge.