, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 319–324 | Cite as

Why a Believer Could Believe that God Answers Prayers

  • W. Paul Franks


In a previous issue of this journal Michael Veber argued that God could not answer certain prayers because doing so would be immoral. In this article I attempt to demonstrate that Veber’s argument is simply the logical problem of evil applied to a possible world. Because of this, his argument is susceptible to a Plantinga-style defense.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTyndale University CollegeTorontoCanada

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