Religious Studies



A reply to Ciocchi

Is free-will theism religiously inadequate? A reply to Ciocchi


WILLIAM HASKER a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Huntington College, Huntington, IN 46750

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Abstract

David Ciocchi has charged that ‘open’ or free-will theism is religiously inadequate. This is it is because it is unable to affirm the ‘presumption of divine intervention in response to petitionary prayer’ (PDI), a presumption Ciocchi claims is implicit in the religious practice of ordinary Christian believers. I argue that PDI and Ciocchi's other assumptions concerning prayer are too strong, and would upon reflection be rejected by most believers. On the other hand, God as conceived by free-will theism has extensive resources for answering petitionary prayers, including prayers whose fulfilment depends on the free responses of other persons.