Praying to stop being an atheist


DOI: 10.1007/s11153-010-9227-8

Cite this article as:
Mawson, T.J. Int J Philos Relig (2010) 67: 173. doi:10.1007/s11153-010-9227-8


In this paper, I argue that atheists who think that the issue of God’s existence or non-existence is an important one; assign a greater than negligible probability to God’s existence; and are not in possession of a plausible argument for scepticism about the truth-directedness of uttering such prayers in their own cases, are under a prima facie epistemic obligation to pray to God that He stop them being atheists.


God Prayer Atheism Theism Agnosticism Divine hiddenness Epistemic obligation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Peter’s CollegeOxfordUK

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