Reply to Rosemary Goring on Prayer

Rosemary Goring has contributed to her income over the years by commenting flippantly on Christianity. Her latest contribution ‘Are ferries' breakdowns on the Sabbath proof that God now exists?’ (The Herald, 20 July) trivialises Christian prayer. A fair assessment of centuries of ordinary testimony suggests that God answers some prayers of some people some of the time. I consider that the high point of human life, the philosophers’ ‘summum bonum’ (highest good), is to have one’s prayers answered through the mediacy of Jesus Christ. A life of Christian seeking will result in answers to prayer which include perspective, wisdom and understanding. We are not God. We are nowhere near being God. Any apprehension, any intimation, any answer is an exception to our human consciousness and mortality.

Robert Anderson 2017

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